Three Selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Seniors Kaitlin Allen, Jaclyn Konopka, Louise van den Heuvel
Seniors Kaitlin Allen, Jaclyn Konopka, Louise van den Heuvel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.), Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) and Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) of the MIT women's track and field and cross country teams were named to the Capital One Academic All-District One team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. All three Engineers will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on next month.

Allen, who was part of both the cross country and track and field teams, was named to the Academic All-District team for the first time in her four years at MIT. At the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships in April, she finished third in the 5,000m. She was also All-New England for cross country and raced at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The biology major and Science, Technology, and Society minor was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team each of the past three years. She has worked with cancer nanotechnology in the Bhatia Lab and conducted a UROP and researched module tissue engineering in the Khademhosseini Lab.

This will be Konopka's second time on the national ballot, after being named second team All-American last year. At the New England Division III Indoor Championships, she came second in the pentathlon and tied for second in the high jump, while, at indoor NCAAs, she was 15th in the pentathlon. During the outdoor season, she was second in the 100m hurdles and fifth in the long jump at the NEWMAC Championships. Majoring in brain and cognitive sciences with minors in chemistry and biology, Konopka has researched in the Nedivi Lab, where she was an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research, and in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab and the Fee Lab. She is also the president of Brain Trust.

A member of both the MIT cross country and track and field teams, van den Heuvel was a two-time All-American at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the distance medley relay and the mile. At the NEWMAC Championships last month, she was sixth in the 800m and fourth in the 1,500m. She has completed internships with IDEXX and DEKA and was recently named one of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award finalists. Majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in music, van den Heuvel has been named to the conference's Academic All-Conference team every year since she was a sophomore.