May 2, 2012

Jones, Umachi Highlight NEWMAC Track & Field Awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) and Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) led the way as MIT picked up five individual conference track and field awards as announced by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Wednesday. Jones was tabbed as the Women's Track Athlete of the Year while Umachi was tabbed as the Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Freshmen Sheldon Trotman (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) swept conference Rookie of the Year honors while head coach Halston Taylor picked up his 10th men's Coach of the Year award.

At Saturday's championship, Jones won both the 100 and 200 meters and was part of the 4x100 meter relay that set a new conference record with its time of 47.84 seconds. She also took second in the 100 hurdles and was on the second-place 4x400 relay. Umachi was also a double-winner on Saturday, earning first place in both the discus and hammer throws while taking fifth place in the shot put.

Trotman had an outstanding debut, winning both the high jump and the triple jump while earning all-conference honors with his second-place showing in the long jump. Trotman also ran on the second-place 4x100 relay and finished sixth in the 100 meters. Taylor had a record-breaking victory in the women's javelin, setting a new conference mark with her throw of 135-02 feet.

In addition to the individual accolades, the Tech women earned 16 all-conference honors while taking the team title for the fourth consecutive season with 208 points. On the men's side, MIT totaled 267 points for its 12th straight NEWMAC title, earning 19 all-conference nods in the process.