Birmingham, Ala. (March 8) -- MIT track and field junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) has been named as the recipient of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Elite 90 Award, as announced the by NCAA at the championship banquet.
Gilson is a biological engineering major who has a perfect 5.0 GPA (on the MIT 5.0 scale) and was also the recipient of the 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Elite 90 award. At this year's championship, Gilson will compete in the 3,000 meters on Saturday afternoon as he enters the meet as the No. 10 seed with a time of 8:17.03.
For Gilson, he is the eighth MIT track and field recipient of the Elite 90 award, the fourth indoor winner of the award and the second two-time winner in MIT history. The Engineers now have 13 Elite 90 winners, which is third across all divisions and first among Division III institutions.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomore or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to www.NCAA.com/elite-90.