MIT Wins Program's First ECAC Division III Championship

Senior Jaclyn Konopka
Senior Jaclyn Konopka

TROY, N.Y.  – Claiming their first ECAC title in program history, the Engineers' women's outdoor track and field team had an outstanding collection of performances at the ECAC Division III Championships hosted by RPI. Tech broke numerous program and personal records en route to their third team title in a championship meet this spring.

Seniors Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) and Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) finished second and third in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Konopka shaved 0.23 seconds off her personal record to finish in 14.49, currently ranking fourth on Tech's top-ten list. Brew edged out a third place finish, finishing in 14.56, just 0.02 seconds ahead of the fourth place finisher.

In the discus throw, freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) crushed her varsity record by more than six feet throwing for 140-02 to finish third. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) finished 16th in the event with a throw of 119-10, besting her personal record by two inches and moving her to eighth overall on MIT's top-performers list. Senior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) added a 20th place finish with a final throw of 118-02. Doubling up on the day in field events, Stuopis tied for fourth in the shot put, with a final distance of 43-02.

Tech's 4x100-meter relay team of Brew, junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.), freshman Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.), and Konopka finished 16th with a time of 49.42.

MIT will conclude the outdoor track and field season at the NCAA Division III Championships, beginning on Thursday, May 22nd at Ohio Wesleyan University. The full entry list will be announced at the end of this weekend. MIT will look to improve on their team finish from 2013, where they tied for 39th place.