New Orleans, La. (March 16) -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced the indoor track and field regional awards for the 2019-20 season. Senior Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.) was named as the New England Field Athlete of the Year, while Halston Taylor was named as the men's Coach of the Year and Derek Rousseau earned men's Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
Reduker finished the season with the top high jump mark in the country and ninth all-time in Division III as he cleared seven feet, 1.5 inches at the D3 New England Indoor Championship. He also ranked fifth in the triple jump at 48 feet, 10.25 inches and 13th in the long jump at 23 feet, 6.75 inches.
Taylor guided the No. 6 ranked men's indoor program to the New England D3 title as the Engineers totaled 171 points. MIT earned seven event wins and 29 All-New England performances, en route to a 67-point win over No. 5 Williams. For Taylor, this is the third time he has been named as the men's indoor regional Coach of the Year and first since 2015.
Rousseau earns men's indoor regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors for the second time in three seasons as the Engineers put together the top jumping unit in the nation. In addition to Reduker qualifying for Nationals in three events, junior Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) and first-year Kenneth Wei (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) qualified in both the long and triple jumps and senior Chris Washington (Frisco, Texas) qualified in the high jump. Wei also qualified in the 60-meter hurdles with the No. 7 time in the nation.