CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior pole vaulter Greg Tao became the 162nd CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America in MIT history with his selection to the Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country Second Team this morning. Tao, who is a two-time Academic All-District honoree, recently graduated from the Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering while carrying a 4.7/5.0 GPA.
Tao finished his career as a three-time All-American in the pole vault, including a sixth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship. Tao also earned New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors in each of his four years, winning the conference title three times. The senior, who was the New England Division III pole vault Champion on five different occasions, becomes the first Tech vaulter to be named Academic All-America since William Singhose in 1990, and the 15th overall for the Track & Field and Cross Country programs.
Tao was one of five selections from District One, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec. Jarrett Arredondo joined Tao in representing the NEWMAC, as the WPI senior was a First Team pick.
To be eligible for the Academic All-America ballot, student-athletes must be named to the First Team All-District. Tao improved from Second Team All-District honors in 2009 to make it to the National level as a senior.