Lauren Kuntz and Jaclyn Konopka Tabbed to Capital One Academic All-America Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second consecutive year, two student-athletes on the MIT women's track and field team were named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was named to the first team and junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) was tabbed to the second team.
Kuntz was named a first team All-American for the second time in her career, the first time being her junior year. That same year, she was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the championship site. At the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in March, Kuntz moved up two places to take second in the Pole Vault with a vault of 12-11.50, earning All-America accolades and a personal record. Most recently, she was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Woman of the Year after winning the pole vault at the outdoor NEWMAC Championships. She will be put forward as the conference's representative for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
This is the first year that Konopka appeared on both the All-District and the All-America teams, due to a very successful junior season. At the indoor ECAC Championships, she finished in first place in the Pentathlon with 3,453 points after earning personal records in all five events, easily breaking the MIT record in the event. She finished in sixth place at indoor nationals with 3,387 points and was first in the heptathlon with 4,420 points at the outdoor New England Division III Championship at the beginning of May. At last month's NCAA outdoor championships, she finished in 20th place in the Heptathlon with 4,282 points, dropping over half a second off her time in the 100m Hurdles.