CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll for the outdoor season that was released on Wednesday morning, the MIT women's track and field team were ranked 18th. The Engineers have moved up two spots from the preseason poll from March 26.
MIT opened the outdoor season in sunny California this past weekend at the Westmont Collegiate Classic, coming in third place out of six teams with 60.5 points. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Field Athlete of the Week on Monday for her record-breaking first place finish in the pole vault with her vault of 12-11.50. Freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) also came first in her event, the 1500m, with a time of 4:32.82, finishing 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the competition.
Also finishing high in the seedings was the 4x100 relay that was composed of junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.), sophomore Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.), sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) and junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.). The quartet came in third place with a time of 50.72.
MIT will host the Engineer's Cup on Saturday, April 6, due to start at 12:00 p.m., welcoming WPI and RPI to campus.