MIT Finishes 11th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Engineers’ Institute-best finish once again registered as the highest performance by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Six Tech Harriers Land on Cross Country All-Academic TeamCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off one of the best seasons in the history of the MIT cross country program, six student-athletes were honored for their academic excellence by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Three men’s runners and three women earned the All-Academic distinction from the USTFCCCA, after placing in the top 35 at the NCAA New England Division III Championship and compiling a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 or greater.
Women Third, Men 12th at NCAA Division III ChampionshipWAVERLY, Iowa – Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams from MIT traveled to the NCAA Division III Championship this weekend and came away with tremendous results. The women earned their way onto the awards stand with a third-place finish, the best showing in program history, while the men placed 12th overall. Alina Gatowski brought home All-America honors with her 24th-place finish, as the women’s squad, who entered the meet as the No. 13 ranked team in the country, totaled 214 team points. The men had 347 points, good enough for 12th place of the 32 squads in the meet, which is the best showing for the program at Nationals since 1994.
Halston Taylor Selected as New England Men’s Cross Country Coach of the YearCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four days after his squad surprised a number of people by winning its first ever NCAA New England Division III Championship, Halston Taylor was named the Men’s Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Engineers came into the meet as the ninth-ranked team in New England but placed three runners in the top 12 to win the team title by eight points.
Men’s Cross Country Wins NCAA Regional ChampionshipWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Paced by a sixth-place finish from Paul Welle and two other runners in the top 12, the MIT men’s cross country team captured its first ever NCAA New England Division III Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon. With a team total of 93 points, the Engineers beat out a number of nationally-ranked squads to secure the team title for the first time in program history. All five of MIT’s scoring runners received All-New England honors thanks to their top 35 finishes.
Halston Taylor Named NEWMAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the YearCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT cross country coach Halston Taylor was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Coach of the Year on Thursday, after helping lead the Engineers to their fourth straight conference title over the weekend. Taylor, who has been honored as the conference’s top women’s coach three of the past for years, now has a total of 19 such league accolades in his illustrious career.
Men's Cross Country Wins NEWMAC Championship for 13th Straight YearPaxton, Mass. – Anchored by individual champion Roy Wedge and Paul Welle, who finished in first and second place respectively, 12-time defending champion MIT won its 13th straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s cross country championship on Saturday afternoon at Moore State Park.
Erickson and Trimble Help Lead Mens Cross Country to Ninth-Place FinishWATERFORD, Conn. Resting some of its top runners, in advance of some upcoming championship meets, the MIT mens cross country team traveled to Connecticut College to compete with some of the top squads in New England, as well as the New York and New Jersey area. The Engineers, who are ranked No. 7 in New England, finished ninth overall and fifth among Division III teams with 253 points.
Wedge Named NEWMAC Runner of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Following a career-best performance at the All-New England Championship, freshman Roy Wedge was named the Mens Cross Country Runner of the Week by the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Monday. Wedge helped lead the Engineers, who are ranked No. 17 in the nation, to an 18th-place finish overall, fifth best among Division III teams at the meet.
Engineers Take 18th at NEICAAA ChampionshipBOSTON, Mass. Roy Wedge and Stephen Serene led the way for MIT at the All-New England cross country meet over the weekend at Franklin Park. The Engineers, who are ranked No. 17 in Division III, placed 18th overall and fifth among Division III teams.
Mens Cross Country Wins Purple Valley ClassicWILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. A balanced performance, with five runners in the top 30, helped lead the MIT mens cross country team to victory at the Purple Valley Classic, hosted by Williams College, on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, who are ranked fourth in New England in the latest USTFCCCA poll, finished with the same point total as Keene State, but earned the meet title based on the finish of their sixth-best harrier.
MIT Finishes Second at UMass-Dartmouth InvitationalDARTMOUTH, Mass. Paul Welle was the first of four MIT runners in the top 15, as the Cardinal and Gray finished second at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. Tech totaled 73 team points, just three behind first place, Keene State.
MIT Ranks Fourth Among All NCAA Institutions in 2010 NCSA Collegiate Power RankingsCHICAGO, Ill. – The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently announced its eighth annual Collegiate Power Rankings. Following another tremendous year, the Engineers were listed fourth overall in securing their highest ranking in the history of the report. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.
Mens Cross Country Second at Engineers CupBOSTON, Mass. Richard Prevost and Gihan Amarasiriwardena finished one-two but it was not enough, as the MIT mens cross country team finished second behind RPI at the Engineers Cup on Saturday afternoon. RPI secured places four through nine for a total of 30 points, eight better than the Cardinal and Grays score. WPI was third with 69 points.