AUSTIN, Texas – Five members of the MIT men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams were honored today for their academic and athletics achievements as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named them members of the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Track & Field/Cross Country teams. Sophomore Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) earned first team accolades, with senior Spencer Wenk (Monument, Colo.) and junior D. Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) getting second team honors, while senior Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) and junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) picked up third team recognition. All were named to the honor for the first time.
Gong had a standout season on the track for the Engineers, winning the NCAA Division III indoor 3,000-meter title in March, while also earning All-America honors in the Mile and Distance Medley Relay on her way to being named the New England Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year and NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Athlete of the Year. Outdoors she was an All-American at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, finishing third at the national championships in the 5,000 and fourth in the 1,500. Gong also experienced a successful cross country campaign, earning NEWMAC All-Conference and All-Academic honors. Off the track and cross country trail, Gong is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science and has held an internship with A4 Data Technology.
Wenck was a big part of the Engineers' success in cross country this past fall, helping the Cardinal and Gray record an eighth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship where he finished fourth out of 280 runners to earn All-America honors. Wenck was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Cross Country Runner of the Year after finishing first at the conference championship meet. A chemical engineering major, he has interned with EIR in Stuttgart Germany and has conducted research on metabolic engineering of E. coli to produce branched alcohols.
Motley competed in the triple jump for MIT at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships where he was awarded the NCAA Elite 89 Award as the competitor at the national championships with the highest cumulative GPA. He was All-NEWMAC in both the long and triple jumps for the Engineers this season and is studying mechanical engineering and minoring in economics. He has interned with BodyMedia and has conducted research on tire tread optimization for driving through sand.
An All-NEWMAC performer in the hammer throw, Wheeler qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event, finishing 10th in the competition. She matched or bettered her career bests this season in the hammer (175-09.25, also a school record) and shot put. An environmental engineering major, Wheeler has interned with Chevron twice, working at the Chevron Environmental Management Company and with Chevron Pipeline.
Quinn was named the NEWMAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year in the fall of 2014 and then helped MIT record a program best 2nd-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships where she finished 16th to earn All-America honors. During the indoor track and field season turned in a trio of career-best times, gaining them in the 800m (2:22.83), 3,000m (9:42.74), and 5,000m (16:56.65). Majoring in mathematics, Quinn has interned with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.