CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was recently announced that Zachary Haupt, MIT's assistant track and field coach who works primarily with the athletes competing in jumps, will be stepping down from his position at the conclusion of the outdoor season in May.
"We are sad to see Zach leave us," said head men's and women's track and field coach, Halston Taylor. "He was a successful coach for us for the two years he was part of the program, having particular success in the Triple Jump, but also in his other areas: the High Jump and Long Jump. All of his athletes like him a lot and are sorry to see him go."
Under his direction, five athletes broke multiple MIT freshman or varsity records throughout the indoor and outdoor season. Junior Kristine Bunker and sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) jointly hold the varsity indoor record in the High Jump with a 5-04.25. Vaidyanathan most recently broke the record at the Tufts Last Chance Meet on March 3.
Junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) broke both the indoor and outdoor record in the Long Jump last season with her 17-07 (indoor) and 18-01.75 (outdoor). Sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) made it onto the record board in the Triple Jump with a 36-10.25 during indoor season and 37-05.75 during outdoor season. On the men's side, freshman Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) broke the freshman record in the Triple Jump with a 46-01.25.
Haupt will be returning to the Midwest, where his family is currently living, at the end of the academic year.