MIT Women's Track and Field Returns to National Rankings List After Successful Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After being ranked 26th in the nation in the Feb. 13 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, the MIT women's track and field team have broken the top 25 and have settled into the 22nd position. The Engineers are still one of only two institutions representing the NEWMAC that have made it onto the list.

This past weekend, MIT traveled to the University of Southern Maine for the New England Division III Indoor championship. The Distance Medley Relay started things off on a good note. The combined effort of freshman Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) sophomore Kayla Harris (Baton Rouge, La.), senior Marie Burkland (Almont, Mich.) and freshman Allison Hallock (Boulder, Colo.) finished in first place with a time of 12:18.87, almost three full seconds ahead of Amherst's relay that came in second with a 12:21.78.

Freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) performed well, first coming in second place in the mile with a 4:56.20 and then following that up with a win in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:58.93, finishing over 20 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also had a first place finish when she vaulted 12-01.50.

MIT will return to action this coming weekend (Feb. 22-23) when they travel to Boston University for the NEICAAA Championship.