Stephen Morton Named New England Field Athlete of the Year

March 12, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its indoor track & field regional award winners on Wednesday and MIT junior Stephen Morton was honored as the New England Field Athlete of the Year. Morton, who is competing at this weekend’s NCAA National Championship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, secured four top-three finishes at the Division III New England Championship in February.

Morton has dominated the long and triple jumps all season and will hope to add All-America honors in both events this weekend. The junior owns the third best triple jump in Division III this year, as well as an Institute record, at 48-6.75 feet. He was the runner-up in the event at the Division III New England Championship. Morton captured the New England Championship with a long jump of 22-7.75 feet. His season high of 23-3.25 feet is the seventh-best mark in the country and the second-best in school history.

In addition to his strong performances in the field, Morton has also been a solid sprinter. He finished second in the 200 meters (22.41) and third in the 55m dash (6.56) at the NCAA Regional meet.

Morton will be joined at Nationals by teammates Greg Tao in the pole vault and Yermie Cohen in the mile.