Gong, Vahey Claim NEWMAC Track and Field Weekly Awards

Juniors Maryann Gong and Jackie Vahey
Juniors Maryann Gong and Jackie Vahey

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT women's track and field juniors Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) and Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) have earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly awards, as announced by the league office earlier today.

Gong was tabbed as the conference's Track Athlete of the Week as she ran the fastest time in the country in the 10,000-meter run with a mark of 35:31.22 at the Bridgewater State University Invitational in her first outdoor competition of the season. Coming off an outstanding performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship, Gong put herself in an excellent position to represent MIT at the Outdoor Championship as her time sits nearly 1:45.00 faster than the second place runner.

Gong's mark was also fast enough to qualify her for all four postseason meets later this season including the NEWMAC Championship, the New England Division III Championship, the NEICAAA Championship and the ECAC Division III Championship.

Vahey collected NEWMAC Field Athlete of the Week honors as her performance this weekend in California ranks her among the top-seven in the nation in three throwing events. Vahey claimed the crown in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.59m, which ranks 5th in the country. Vahey also took second in the discus (42.92m) and second in the shot put (12.76m). Her distance in the discus is ranked 7th in the nation among all Division III student-athletes.

Earlier in the weekend, she also took sixth in the shot put (13.07m) at the Aztec Invitational, which is ranked 5th in the country. Her throws qualified her for postseason competition in hopes of representing MIT at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship later in the spring.

MIT will continues its schedule this coming weekend at Yale University for the Yale Invitational with a start time still to be determined.