Austin, Texas (June 25) -- Eight members of the MIT men's and women's track and field/cross country programs have been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Teams, as announced on Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Seven Engineers were named to the First Team, while MIT had one Second Team honoree and led all of Division III with eight selections.
MIT now has 318 all-time Academic All-America selections, which leads Division III and trails only the University of Nebraska overall. The Engineers finish the 2018-19 academic year with 23 honorees, which is the second-highest, single-season all-time total and gives MIT 20 or more Academic All-Americans for three straight years.
For the men, seniors Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) and Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) were honored for the second time in their careers, while sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) and junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) are first-time honorees. Gilson is a repeat First Team performer, while Rosenkranz was a Second Team pick in 2018. Shaoul is a First Team selection, with Woltz landing on the Second Team.
On the women's side, senior Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) is now a three-time Academic All-American as she is one of four First Team performers for the women. Juniors Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) and Jenna Melanson (La Center, Wash.) earn First Team honors for the first time after Second Team accolades in 2018, while junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) is recognized for the first time.
Gilson, a biological engineering major with a minor in computer science, has a perfect 5.0 GPA. He is a three-time track All-American who is a two-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award. A four-time NEWMAC steeplechase champion, he is a 10-time All-New England track performer and a six-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection.
Rosenkranz, a computer science and electrical engineering major, also had minors in economics and mechanical engineering. Boasting a 5.0 GPA, he was the recipient of the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award at this year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Boston. Rosenkranz is a two-time All-New England track performer and a two-time USTFCCCA All-Region runner in cross country.
Shaoul, an electrical engineering and computer science major with a 5.0 GPA, captured the 2019 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in the triple jump. Also finishing as the National Runner-Up in the long jump outdoors, he was the National Runner-Up in the triple jump both indoors and outdoors as a rookie. Shaoul is a seven-time New England Division III Champion and a four-time NEWMAC Champion in the long jump and triple jump.
Woltz is a junior triple-major in physics, electrical engineering and computer science major that carries a 5.0 GPA. The 2018 NEWMAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year, he captured the league championship and is a two-time All-Conference performer and a two-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer. Woltz placed 18th at the NEICAAA Championship and was 32nd at the NCAA New England Regional.
Bacher, an electrical engineering and computer science major with a 5.0 GPA, is a two-time All-American in the distance medley relay in 2017 and 2018. A four-time NCAA qualifier in the DMR and the 1,500 meters, Bacher is a two-time All-Region performer in cross country and a three-time NCAA participant. She is also a five-time Academic All-Conference selection who is a six-time All-New England D3 performer and a three-time New England D3 Track Champion.
Melanson carries a 5.0 GPA and is majoring in biological engineering with a minor in literature. A 2019 NCAA Outdoor qualifier in the steeplechase, she won the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award for outdoor track and field. A three-time NCAA All-American in track, Melanson is a five-time All-New England track performer who has won the steeplechase in each of her three seasons at the NEWMAC and New England D3 Championships.
Trautner, a mathematics major with minors in computer science and mechanical engineering, was an NCAA Qualifier outdoors in the 800 meters who received the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award for indoor track ad field. A two-time All-American, Trautner is a five-time NCAA Qualifier who won the 2019 NEWMAC Championships in the 1,500 meters and the 4x400 relay. She is also a six-time All-New England track performer.
Zimmermann, a three-time Academic All-American, has been named to the First, Second and Third Teams in her career. A mechanical engineering major who has a minor in computer science, she carries a 4.9 GPA. A two-time All-American in cross country, she placed 17th at the NCAA's in 2018 and finished her career as a three-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer. The 2015 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Zimmermann finished in fifth place or better in each of her four NEWMAC Cross Country Championships.