Men's and Women's Track and Field Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Group photo of the MIT men's and women's track and field teams.
Photo by Gil Talbot

New Orleans, La. (July 21) -- Twenty-three members of the MIT men's and women's track and field teams have been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams. The Engineers are ranked fourth on the men's side with nine honorees, while the women's squad is tied for fifth with 14 All-Academic Team members. Overall, MIT is fourth nationally with the 23 All-Academic Team individuals.

Both the men's and women's teams also earned All-Academic Team honors as the women were 10th with a 3.729 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and the men were tied for 18th nationally at 3.51. In addition, the MIT men's and women's teams combined for a national-best seven perfect GPA's as the women's squad had four and the men posted three perfect GPA's.

In order to qualify for All-Academic Individual Honors, student-athletes must meet the following criteria.

- Minimum CUMULATIVE grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale through the most recently completed grading period. Institutions utilizing a different GPA scale must convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale using the standard conversion method [GPA/Scale x 4.0].

- Meet one of the following athletic criteria:

  1. Must have finished the indoor season among the top 50 individuals as listed on the descending order lists on TFRRS. In addition, any athletes not among the top 50, but who were accepted into the Indoor National Championship, are eligible
  2. Must have competed as a member of one of the top 35 relay teams as listed on the indoor descending order list on TFRRS. In addition, any athletes not among the top 35 relay teams, but who were accepted in the relay at the Indoor National Championship (alternates are excluded), are eligible. Finally, any competing relay team member on an expanded descending order list to include 35 institutions (1 relay team per institution) is eligible.

For Team Academic Honors, the cumulative GPA of all student-athletes who used a season of eligibility in 2019-20 was calculated, with those with a 3.1 or higher being eligible for the award.

On the men's side, the Engineers have a pair of three-time honorees with juniors Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) and Benton Wilson (Dublin, Ohio) to go along with four two-time award winners. For the women, seniors Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.), Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) and Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) finished their careers as four-time All-Academic Selections. Junior Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), junior Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.), senior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) and junior Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) are all three-time honorees, along with six two-time selections.

MIT Men's Honorees
Matthew Kearney
Andrew Mah
Ryan Nall
Ellery Rajagopal
Andrew Shao
Yorai Shaoul
Bobby Upton
Kenneth Wei
Benton Wilson

MIT Women's Honorees
Jacqueline Ahrens
Katie Bacher
Katie Collins
Sarah Ishamuddin
Lucy Lee
Anais Marenco
Marissa McPhillips
Jenna Melanson
Margaret Redfield
Liana Reilly
Margaret Trautner
Elizabeth Weeks
Katie Williams
Lila Wine

Bold Indicates Perfect 4.0 GPA (5.0 on the MIT Grading Scale)

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