Jones Honored as Top Performer in the Region; Taylor Collects Coaching Accolades
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Already one of the most decorated athletes in MIT Women's Track & Field history, Portia Jones has another achievement to add to her resume. The 10-time All-American was named the New England Women's Track Athlete of the Year on Monday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Jones has now received this honor four consecutive times, during the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons, as well as the 2011 Indoor campaign. Halston Taylor was also named the New England Women's Coach of the Year, marking the second time in three years he has been so honored.
Jones helped lead the Cardinal and Gray to its second New England Division III Championship earlier this year, as the Engineers beat out second-place Williams College by just three and a half points. The junior won the 200 meters and anchored both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. She was also a runner-up in the 100m and 100-meter hurdles. She is entered in all five of those events for the upcoming NCAA Division III National Championship. Jones has won five individual New England Division III titles while also being a part of four regional champion relay squads. She enters Nationals with the third fastest time in the 200m and ninth-best in the 100-meter dash.
Taylor continues to draw recognition for his outstanding work with both the MIT men's and women's programs. He has been named New England Coach of the Year three times in the past three years, once on the men's side, and has garnered numerous conference accolades. He has helped the women's team capture two of the last three New England Division III titles and has led the men to 19 regional crowns.
Jones and Coach Taylor will join Tech's 11 other entrants in the NCAA Division III field, beginning on Thursday, May 26 at Ohio Wesleyan University. The women, who are ranked third nationally entering the Championship, will send nine participants while three men will also make the trip.