Morton, Taylor Receive NEWMAC Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After helping lead the MIT men’s track and field team to its 10th-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, senior, Stephen Morton, and head coach, Halston Taylor, were honored by the conference on Tuesday. Morton was selected as the NEWMAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year while Taylor was tabbed as the Men’s Coach of the Year.

Morton was the NEWMAC Champion in the long and triple jump at Saturday’s meet, winning the long jump with a season-best, 23-5.25 foot jump and taking first in the triple jump with a 46-2.00 foot effort. Morton finishes his NEWMAC career as a seven-time conference champion, with a total of 11 All-Conference nods.

Taylor, who was the NEWMAC Women’s Coach of the Year a year ago, collects the accolades for his work with the men’s squad for the ninth time in his career. The Engineers have now won 11 titles in the league’s 12-year history, all under Taylor’s guidance.

MIT collected a total of 12 All-Conference honors on Saturday, including eight event wins, en route to a convincing win over second-place Springfield College. Yermie Cohen joined Morton as a multiple event winner, taking first in the 800m (1:56.29) and 1500m (3:59.32). Vladimir Sobes had an NCAA qualifying mark in the javelin, throwing past 200 feet (200-11) for the first time this season to earn First Team All-Conference honors. James Oleinik (47-0.25 feet) in the shot put and Mitchell Kelly (151-7.00 feet) in the discus were also NEWMAC Champions while Kelly was a Second Team All-Conference honoree in the shot put as well. Daniel Harper was the final event winner, taking the 5,000 meters in 15:20.65.

Tech will look to continue its success at this weekend’s New England Division III Championship. The Engineers won the Indoor Championship in February and have won the Outdoor title seven times.