CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the conclusion of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships at Springfield College on Saturday, freshman Michael Kaba (Jackson, N.J.) was named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year for his performances at the meet. This is the second year in a row that an MIT athlete has received the award.
Kaba started the day off with a second place finish in the 110 High Hurdles with a new MIT freshman record of 14.94 and went on to win the 400m Hurdles with a time of 53.63, earning the NEWMAC meet record and another MIT freshman record. He was also part of the winning 4x100 relay that earned a season-best time of 42.52.
All-Conference accolades were handed out at the championships to those who finished in first and second place in each event. Kaba was named to the First Team for the relay and the 400m Hurdles, and the Second Team for the 110 High Hurdles. MIT collected a total of 31 All-Conference nods (17 for the men, 14 for the women) en route to defending their NEWMAC titles. The men claimed their 14th consecutive win, while the women captured their fifth straight title.
The Engineers will continue their season at the New England Division III Championships that will be held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4.