CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams, both of which are nationally ranked, hosted the Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Previously named the MIT Spring Invitational, the meet was renamed to honor MIT Police Officer Collier, who was killed in the line of duty almost a year ago to the day following the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
"Last year, when this meet was cancelled due to the tragic shooting of Officer Collier, we knew we wanted to do something to honor this great man," said head coach Halston Taylor. "The renaming of the meet seemed like the logical and right thing to do."
In the non-scoring meet, the Engineers won a combined 11 events, taking the top two or three positions in a handful of them. Before the start of the meet, a brief ceremony was held to dedicate the meet to Officer Collier and a plaque was given to the MIT Police Department in his honor.
"The weather cooperated so the dedication and renaming ceremony was flawless," Taylor said. "Over 20 men's and women's teams and clubs participated for an overall great track and field meet."