June 1, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The award-winning 2008-09 campaign for the MIT women's cross country and track & field teams continued last week as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the final standings for the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award. The Engineers finished sixth among all Division III programs by virtue of their impressive performances at the NCAA Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Teams received points based on their finish at the three Championship meets with the lowest total score determining the award winner.
In November, the Cardinal and Grey achieved a 10th place finish in its first ever team appearance at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship. Tech then captured the Division III New England Indoor Track & Field Championship before finishing in 16th at the National meet. In the spring the Engineers added another New England Division III title before securing a top 10 showing at the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
In addition to these performances, MIT earned seven All-America honors while the cross country and outdoor squads each won New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crowns for the second time in three years.
After leading his teams to this unprecedented run of success, Halston Taylor was rewarded with the NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year award while also to being named the USTFCCCA New England Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Wartburg College received the initial Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year honor. Wartburg earned six points in the 2008-09 school year, finishing fourth overall in the cross country Championship in the fall to earn four points, and capturing National Championships in both indoor and outdoor track & field for two additional points. Tech finished with a total of 38.5 points, the lowest score of any program in the New England region.