Boston, Mass. (May 3) -- MIT track and field head coach Halston Taylor has been honored as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Coach of the Year for leading the Engineers to the NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship last weekend. The Engineers, who are ranked No. 7 in the latest national rankings, have now won nine straight NEWMAC titles and 10 overall.
Taylor's Engineers compiled 270 points to finish ahead of runner-up WPI by 153.5 points as MIT captured eight individual events and one relay. Overall, MIT had 17 individuals and one relay team earn either First or Second Team All-Conference honors at the championship.
Earlier in 2016-17, Taylor was also named as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Regional Cross Country Men's and Women's Coach of the Year as both of his teams captured NEWMAC and NCAA Regional Championships and placed in the top 10 nationally. This was the fourth time he earned that honor with the women's team and second with the men's squad.
In addition to Taylor being honored, women's junior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) and men's senior Colin Godwin (Cary, N.C.) were each named to the inaugural men's and women's outdoor track and field All-Sportsmanship Teams. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.