NEW ORLEANS, La. – Head track and field coach Halston Taylor was named the men's Coach of the Year for the New England region, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. This is both the first time in his 23 years as head coach of the Engineers that he has received this award and the first time any coach from MIT has been named Coach of the Year by this organization.
Tech spent the season climbing the national rankings, receiving its highest ranking to date in mid-February when it appeared fourth on the list. In the final poll of the indoor season that was released yesterday, the Cardinal and Gray were 12th in the country, which is one place higher than the team's best ranking from last season. The Engineers went undefeated during the regular season, winning each of their four meets easily. Most recently at the New England Championships at the end of February, host MIT won the title with 138 points, more than 44 points over the runner-up team.
Taylor and both MIT's men's and women's indoor track and field teams are in Nebraska for the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships, which are set to start on Friday, March 14. A total of 17 Engineers will compete at this year's Championships, both individually and as part of a relay, in hopes of improving on their team finishes from last season.