CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following the MIT women's track and field third consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship over the weekend, junior Jamie Simmons and head coach, Halston Taylor, were recognized by the conference for their accomplishments on Monday. Simmons was named the NEWMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year while Taylor collected his second Coach of the Year honor in three years.
Simmons was a winner in three events on Saturday, taking first in the 400 meters, 400 hurdles and running a leg of the conference champion 4x100 meter relay. Simmons' time in the 400 hurdles of 1:03.22 was an NCAA provisional qualifying time, as was the 4x100 relay time of 48.28 seconds. She just missed a National cut in the 400, finishing in 57.65 seconds.
Taylor was voted as the NEWMAC Women's Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons, as he has now led the Cardinal and Gray to the conference crown every year since taking over the women's program in 2009. Taylor has been named the Coach of the Year on the men's side nine times in the league's 13 year history and his teams have captured the league title for 11 years running.
MIT earned 13 All-Conference honors at Saturday's Championship meet and won seven of the 20 events en route to the team title. In addition to the three wins Simmons was a part of, Karin Fisher took first in the pole vault with a jump of 12-0.75 feet, Portia Jones won the 200m in 25.27 seconds, Anna Holt-Gosselin was the NEWMAC champ at 1500 meters (4:41.54) and Sarah Sprague captured the 10k in 41:19.78, nearly 40 seconds faster than her closest competitor.
The Engineers will host the upcoming New England Division III Championship, beginning on Thursday, May 5 and running through Saturday. The women will hope to secure the team title for the second time in three years at the regional championship while the men will be seeking their eighth New England crown.