Women's Track and Field Moves up in National Rankings

Senior Lauren Kuntz
Senior Lauren Kuntz

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's outdoor track and field team are ranked 15th in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released on Wednesday morning. The Engineers, who were 18th in last week's poll, started off being ranked 20th in the preseason poll from March.

This past weekend, MIT hosted the Engineer's Cup, welcoming WPI and RPI to campus, easily winning the meet with 201 points to 110 for WPI and 86 for RPI. The Cardinal and Gray won 12 of the 19 events, earning a number of personal bests in the process.

With her time of 35:54.68 in the 10,000m, sophomore Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) is currently second in the country for Division III. MIT performed well in the 5000m, taking first through fifth, with senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) leading the way in 17:11.67. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the pole vault in 12-05.50

Sophomore Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) won the long jump in a personal best 17-0 and took second in the 100m with another personal record of 12.50. She also joined junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.), sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) and junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) to win the 4x100 relay with a time of 50.77.

On Saturday, April 13, the Engineers will host Bates College, Colby College and the University of Southern Maine. The meet is set to start at 12:00 p.m.