Athletes earn All-America honors

Virdi and Gong collect honors while placing first in their events

MIT’s Cimran Virdi ’16 and Maryann M. Gong ’17 highlighted MIT’s performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, earning individual titles in the pole vault and 3,000-meter events, respectively. Both student-athletes collected All-America honors with their first-place performances.

Virdi, who won her second-consecutive pole vault championship, recorded a clear of 13-01.50. Westminster College’s Marissa Kalsey also cleared the same height, but Virdi made her jump on her first attempt while Kalsey did not make it until her third try, giving Virdi the win. With the title, Virdi became the first Engineer to win multiple championships in track and field.

Gong captured the 3,000-meter final, rushing past Cornell College sophomore Abrah Masterson during the final lap to seal the win. She crossed the finish line in 9:47.62 and collected her third All-America honor this weekend. Gong also recorded a third-place performance in the mile (4:57.42) and helped the MIT Distance Medley Relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 11:47.43.

MIT concluded the meet in fourth place with an overall team score of 34 points, improving on their mark of 22 points from a year ago. Tech also garnered seven All-America honors and two honorable mentions.