Halston Taylor Named NEWMAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT cross country coach Halston Taylor was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Coach of the Year on Thursday, after helping lead the Engineers to their fourth straight conference title over the weekend. Taylor, who has been honored as the conference's top women's coach three of the past for years, now has a total of 19 such league accolades in his illustrious career.

A pair of Tech harriers also earned individual honors at Saturday's NEWMAC Championship. Roy Wedge was named the NEWMAC Men's Runner and Rookie of the Year, as the top overall and freshman finisher in the meet. Wedge outran the field in a time of 26:08.37 to become the first men's runner in conference history to be both Runner and Rookie of the Year in the same season.

Martina de Gues took home Rookie of the Year honors as well, as the first freshman to finish the women's race.

MIT also picked up 12 All-Conference selections at the Championship, six men and six women. In addition to Wedge, Paul Welle, Richard Prevost, Daniel Harper, Gihan Amarasiriwardena and Joseph Christopher were All-Conference performers on the men's side. Katherine Eve, Tania Morimoto, Alina Gatowski, Claire O'Connell and Sarah Sprague joined de Gues for the women.