Michele Williams
Michele Williams

There is no shortage of great athletes that have come out of the UMass Boston women's track and field program. Michele Williams continues an annual trend of being named to this year's Hall of Fame class. The two-time All-American was the first great hurdler for the women's program, winning the national indoor title in the 55-meter hurdles as a freshman in 1985 with a time of 8.31 and finishing third in the same event at the 1986 NCAA indoor championships with a mark of 8.36. Williams was an integral part of the 1984-85 team's first indoor national championship in 1985 and had an outstanding year, winning four individual indoor titles and one outdoor title that season, including the ECAC indoor crown in the 50-meter hurdles with a time of 7.05. Head Coach Sherman Hart called her his toughest and gutsiest athlete following her second season that saw her compete, despite being injured. Williams still achieved All-New England and All-ECAC status in both the 55 and 100-meter hurdles and helped the Beacons become the first team in NCAA history to win both the indoor and outdoor national championships in 1986. She captured the 1986 ECAC 55-meter hurdles indoor crown with a time of 8.36 and followed that accomplishment with first place at the New England championships with a school-record time of 8.27 in the 55-meter hurdles. Williams also finished third in the 1986 ECAC 100-meter outdoor race with a time of 15.45 and later went on to graduate from UMass Boston in 1995.