Cross Country/Track and Field Lands Eight Google Cloud Academic All-District Selections

Headshots of the eight MIT track and field athletes who were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

Cambridge, Mass. (May 29) -- Eight members of the MIT men's and women's track and field/cross country programs have been named as Google Cloud Academic All-District selections, as announced by CoSIDA. On the men's side, senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.), senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.), sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) and junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) were all recognized. For the women, junior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.), junior Jenna Melanson (La Center, Wash.), junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) and senior Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) were selected.

Gilson, a senior biological engineering major with a minor in computer science, boasts a perfect 5.0 GPA and was a 2018 First Team Academic All-America selection. A 2019 NCAA outdoor qualifier in the steeplechase, Gilson is a three-time track All-American and a two-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award. He is a 10-time All-New England track performer, a four-time NEWMAC steeplechase champion and has been named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team six times.

Rosenkranz is a senior and a computer science and electrical engineering major with a perfect 5.0 GPA. Last season, he was named as a Google Cloud Second Team Academic All-American and in 2019, he captured the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 award at the indoor track and field national championship. In his career, he is a two-time All-New England selection in track and field and a two-time USTFCCCA All-Region cross country runner. In addition to his double major, Rosenkranz has minors in economics and mechanical engineering.

Shaoul, a sophomore electrical engineering and computer science, also has a perfect 5.0 GPA for his career. The 2019 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump National Champion, he was also the NCAA Runner-Up outdoors in the long jump and as a first-year, he was the National Runner-Up both indoors and outdoors in the triple jump. A seven-time New England Division III Champion between the long jump and triple jump, he has also won the NEWMAC Championship twice in both the long and triple jumps. In addition, he was recently named as the USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Meet for his performance at the NCAA Outdoor National Championship. 

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, a junior electrical engineering and computer science major with a 5.0 GPA, was a Second Team Academic All-American in 2018 who 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 is a junior with a 5.0 GPA who is majoring in biological engineering with a minor in literature. A 2019 NCAA Outdoor qualifier in the steeplechase, she was a 2018 Second Team Academic All-American who 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 junior who is majoring in mathematics 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 who has won a pair of New England D3 Championships.

Zimmermann, a two-time Academic All-American who was a Second Team selection in 2018, is a senior mechanical engineering major who has a minor in computer science and a 4.9 GPA. A two-time All-American in cross country, she finished 17th at the NCAA's this season and is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer. A three-time Academic All-Conference selection, she was the 2015 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and has finished in fifth place or better in each of her four NEWMAC Cross Country Championships.

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