CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three members of the MIT women's cross country and track and field teams were selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Division III First Team on Friday afternoon as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Senior Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.), junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) and sophomore Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) will represent the Cardinal and Gray on the national ballot and vie for Academic All-America honors, which will be selected later this month.
Wheeler, who is competing in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship this weekend, has enjoyed a successful senior season with the Engineers. She recently recorded a career and season-best toss in the Hammer Throw of 175-09.25 (school record) at the New England Division III Track and Field Championship, which the Engineers won for the third consecutive season. Wheeler matched her Shot Put career-best mark from last spring at the Gordon Kelly Invitational in February when she recorded a toss of 31-02. This spring, Wheeler competed in the Discus twice, recording her best throw of 104-05 at the 37th SDSU Aztec Invitational in March. Wheeler received New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors in the Hammer Throw, while also collecting an Academic All-Conference accolade.
Off the track, Wheeler is majoring in environmental engineering. She has held an internship with Chevron the past two summers and has worked in the Chevron Environmental Management Company in Richmond, California and Chevron Pipeline in Houston, Texas.
Quinn enjoyed a very successful cross country season, while clocking a trio of career-best times during the indoor season in the 800m (2:22.83), 3,000m (9:42.74) and 5,000m (16:56.65). During the cross country season, Quinn helped the Engineers record a second place performance at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship – the highest finish in program history. She placed 16th out of 275 runners and crossed the finish line in 22:10.6. At the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship at Williams College in November, she established a new course record of 21:39. A two-time NEWMAC Runner of the Week, Quinn was named the conference's Runner of the Year, while receiving All-Conference and Academic All-Conference accolades. Quinn was also tabbed a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American and All-Academic, and received New England All-Region honors.
Off the cross country trail, Quinn is majoring in mathematics. She has held an internship with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Gong, who is competing in the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championship this weekend, won her first-ever Indoor National Championship crown in March when she finished first in the 3,000m in 9:47.62. She also collected All-America honors in the 1 mile and Distance Medley Relay. Gong concluded the winter season as the New England Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year and NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Athlete of the Year. Gong experienced a successful cross country campaign, earning NEWMAC All-Conference and All-Academic honors. She was also honored by the USTFCCCA, receiving All-American and All-Academic honors, while also earning New England All-Region honors. This spring, Gong clocked a career and season-best time of 4:28.43 during the New England Division III Championship meet.
Off the track and cross country trail, Gong is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science. She has held an internship with A4 Data Technology.