CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After guiding the second ranked MIT women's cross country team to a second place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, head coach Halston Taylor was tabbed U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Region Coach of the Year. Also collecting postseason honors was junior Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.), who was named New England Region Athlete of the Year.
Taylor, who received this accolade for the third time since 2009, navigated the Cardinal and Gray to a first place finish at the New England Division III Regional Championship, hosted by Williams College. Tech also earned a top finish a few months earlier on the same course when they captured the Purple Valley Classic with an overall score of 36 points. At the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, the Cardinal and Gray collected their eighth consecutive crown, registering a perfect score of 15 points.
Quinn placed first at the New England Division III Regional Championship, finishing the 6k course in 21.39.9. She finished first at the NEWMAC championship, clocking a time of 18:22, while also placing first at the Purple Valley Classic and second at the NEICAAA Championship. Quinn was the second member of the Cardinal and Gray to cross the finish line at the NCAA championship, finishing the race with a time of 22.10.6.