Track and Field Earns 24 USTFCCCA Indoor All-America Honors

Collage of 16 MIT track and field student-athletes who were named as All-Americans.

New Orleans, La. (May 29) -- All-America honors for the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field season were recently announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). MIT's men's and women's teams combined for 24 All-America accolades this season, which ranks the Engineers in a tie for fifth nationally as MIT is one of just 10 schools with 20 or more honors.

Normal policies dictate that All-America honors are awarded to student-athletes who score any portion of a team point (top-eight in the final of an individual event or as a member of a top-eight placing relay event) at the NCAA Championships.

In lieu of conduction of the national championship this season, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA Division III Executive Committee adopted the following criteria:

  • Based on the selected participants for the national championships initially announced by the NCAA on Sunday, March 8, that group will be recognized as All-America for the 2020 Indoor Track & Field season:
    • Individual events: ALL student-athletes declared and initially accepted into their event.
    • Relay events: Members of ALL relays who produced the performance that was declared and initially accepted into their event.

On the men's side, senior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) and first-year Kenneth Wei (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) were two of just seven men who were three-time selections. Reduker was the top seed in the high jump with an MIT-record clearance of seven feet, 1.5 inches while also being seeded fifth in the triple jump (48 feet, 10.25 inches) and 13th in the long jump (23 feet, 6.75 inches). Wei, one of the top first-year student-athletes in the country, was undefeated against D3 competition in the 60-meter hurdles and was seeded seventh overall with an MIT-record time of 8.10 seconds. Wei was also the No. 9 seed in the triple jump at 48 feet, two inches and 11th in the long jump at 23 feet, 8.25 inches. 

Junior Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel), a two-time NCAA Champion in the triple jump, qualified in both the triple jump and long jump. He was seeded sixth in the triple jump at 48 feet, nine inches and 20th in the long jump at 23 feet, 2.75 inches. Sophomore Andrew Mah (Newton, Mass.) qualified for his first indoor nationals as he was the 14th seed in the 5,000 meters with a converted time of 14:38.74 that was run at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational.

Senior Bobby Upton (Wexford, Pa.) qualified in the pole vault for the first time in his indoor career as he was the No. 19 seed with a height of 15 feet, nine inches. This was his second overall NCAA selection as he was an outdoor participant at nationals in 2017. Senior Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) was making his first NCAA appearance in the high jump as the former NEWMAC Champion was the No. 10 seed with a height of six feet, 9.5 inches.

For the women's team, seniors Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) and Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas), as well as junior Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.), are each two-event All-America honorees as 10 female student-athletes were recognized overall. McPhillips qualified in the mile with a converted time of 5:02.77 that was run at the BU David Hemery Invitational and was also a member of the distance medley relay that was the No. 2 seed at 11:51.65. For Trautner, she was also a member of the distance medley relay team while qualifying at the fourth seed in the mile with a time of 4:57.18. Williams was a qualifier in the DMR and the mile and is now a three-time NCAA qualifier as she ran a time of 4:58.77 in the mile and was on the No. 2 seeded DMR.

Junior Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) qualified for nationals for the third straight indoor season and earned her second All-American honor as she was the No. 10 seed with a clearance of 12 feet, 5.5 inches. Senior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) is now a three-time indoor All-American as she ran a time of 5:00.62 and is now a five-time NCAA qualifier. Sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) qualified for indoor nationals for the second straight season in the 5,000 meters and she ran the No. 8 time in the nation with a converted time of 17:12.99 that was run at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic.

Junior Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.) earns All-American honors for the second straight season in the distance medley relay as she was also named as an All-New England D3 performer this season. Senior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) ends her MIT career as a four-time All-American and a two-time indoor honoree as she qualified in the 3,000 meters this year with a time of 9:59.47 at the Tufts Cupid Challenge.

Juniors Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) and Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) both qualified for nationals for the first time in the high jump as they were seeded 11th and 18th, respectively. Redfield posted a mark of five feet, six inches and Reilly qualified with a clearance of five feet, 5.75 inches. 

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