Cimran Virdi Wins Pole Vault on Day 1 of NCAAs

Sophomore Cimran Virdi
Sophomore Cimran Virdi

LINCOLN, Neb. - On day one of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships, sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) was the national champion in the Pole Vault with a personal record of 12-11.50, earning All-American status for the first time in her career. With one more day of competition ahead of them, the Engineers are currently sitting in third place with 19 points, just one point behind rival Williams College and two behind Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) came in 15th place in the Pentathlon with 3131 points. She was eighth in the 60m Hurdles with a 9.23, six-way tied for second in the High Jump with a 5-03.00 and came in 14th in the Shot Put with a throw of 31-03.00. She took 12th in the Long Jump with a 16-03.00 and came in 16th place in the 800m with a time of 2:47.58.

In the preliminaries of the Mile, senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) came in sixth place with a time of 4:57.80, qualifying to race in the finals of the event, which will take place tomorrow. Classmate Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) finished in eighth place in prelims of the 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.80, earning a personal best time and breaking the MIT record by two one-hundredths of a second.

To wrap up an impressive first day in Nebraska, the Distance Medley Relay took second place with a time of 11:42.28. The relay, which was made up of van den Heuvel, freshman Stephanie Guo (Houston, Texas), junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) and freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.), crossed the line two seconds after Wisconsin Oshkosh in first place.

Day two of the Championships will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.