Roxbury, Mass. (March 8) -- MIT senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) has been named as the recipient of the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award for men's indoor track and field. The award was announced on Friday morning, prior to the NCAA National Championship which will take place this weekend. This is the third time in program history that MIT has swept the men's and women's Elite 90 awards at the same championship as junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) captured the women's award.
A computer science and engineering major who boasts a perfect 5.0 GPA at MIT (4.0 on a 4.0 scale), Rosenkranz will compete in the 5,000 meters at nationals and comes into the championship as the No. 8 seed with a time of 14:29.39. His event is scheduled to be run at 7:45 p.m. on Friday night.
Last season, Rosenkranz was second in the 5,000 meters at the D3 New England Indoor Championship and later went on to capture the New England D3 Outdoor Championship in the 10,000 meters. He is also a member of the MIT men's cross country team, where he is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer and a two-time All-Conference honoree.
Rosenkranz is the 15th MIT student-athlete to earn the NCAA Elite 90 award and the seventh men's track and field recipient for the Engineers. Overall, the track and field and cross country programs account for 10 of MIT's all-time Elite 90 honorees.
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 sophomores 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.