This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information.
Geneva, Ohio (May 22) -- MIT junior steeplechase All-American Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) has been named as the recipient of the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award for women's outdoor track and field. Melanson joins teammate Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) as women's winners this year after she received the award at the Indoor National Championship in Boston.
A biological engineering major who owns a perfect 5.0 GPA at MIT (4.0 on a 4.0 scale), Melanson is a two-time All-American, two-time New England D3 Champion and three-time NEWMAC Champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Melanson enters this week's NCAA National Championship as the No. 6 seed with a time of 10:47.87.
Melanson is the 16th MIT student-athlete to earn the NCAA Elite 90 award and the fourth women's track and field recipient for the Engineers. Of MIT's 16 all-time honorees, the track and field and cross country programs account for 12 of those. With Melanson's Elite 90 award, MIT is now second across all divisions after moving in front of the University of Alabama.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.