Women's Track & Field Ranked 2nd in USTFCCCA Poll

Sophomore Isabella Stuopis
Sophomore Isabella Stuopis

NEW ORLEANS, La. MIT's women's indoor track and field team is second in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason ranking that was released on Wednesday afternoon. In the 2012-13 preseason poll, the Engineers were ranked 11th and found themselves as highly ranked as eighth throughout the season. The last time Tech was second in the country was in 2011.

Over the weekend, MIT traveled to Maine for the Bates Invitational, finishing in first with 181.5 points, ahead of host Bates College in second with 107 and Colby College in third with 85.5 points. Nine different Engineers captured first place in various events throughout the day. Leading the way for the Cardinal and Gray was senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.), who won all three of her events. In the 60m Hurdles, she ran a 9.19, in the High Jump, she jumped a 5-03.00 and in the Long Jump, she finished at 16-06.00.

Also faring well for the Cardinal and Gray were sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.), who broke her own MIT Shot Put record by coming in first with a throw of 43-00.50, senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.), who won the 1,000m with a 3:00.53 and sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.), who vaulted an 11-07.00 to take first.

Next week, MIT will return to Maine for the Bowdoin Quad Meet, where it will take on Bowdoin College, Springfield College and WPI.