Cambridge, Mass. (May 10) -- The MIT men's and women's track and field team has earned six NEWMAC major awards after the Engineers recently captured both conference championships. Head coach Halston Taylor was named as the Coach of the Year for both the men and the women to go along with two major awards each for the men and women. The awards were voted on by the league's head coaches.
On the men's side, sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) earned Field Athlete of the Year honors, while first-year Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) was named as the Track and Field Rookie of the Year. For the women, junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) was tabbed as the Track Athlete of the Year and first-year Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.) picked up Track and Field Rookie of the Year honors.
Shaoul repeated as the long jump and triple jump champion for the second straight season as he posted leaps of 24 feet, 1.75 inches and 47 feet, seven inches. The 2019 NCAA indoor triple jump national champion, he is currently fourth in the country in the long jump and leads the nation in the triple jump.
Basinger won the shot put title with a throw of 46 feet, 1.5 inches as four Engineers scored in the event. He was also sixth in the discus at 127 feet and eighth in the hammer throw with a toss of 143 feet, six inches.
Trautner won the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:43.47 while also finishing second in the 800 meters at 2:19.02 and running the second leg of the victorious 4x400 relay team. Trautner is currently ranked 18th nationally in the 800 with a time of 2:13.61.
Andree captured the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 2.25 inches as she sits at No. 21 on the national performance list. Andree also ran the leadoff leg of the 4x100 relay that placed fourth in 49.92