Top 13 of 2013: #5 McGuffie and Joseph Earn All-American Honors In Wisconsin
This is the ninth in our Top 13 of 2013 series. Every day for the rest of 2013, we will count down the Top 13 moments/games of the year, with each program represented. With three Little East Conference Titles, several huge upsets over nationally ranked teams and some dramatic finishes-2013 was another step forward for UMass Boston Athletics.
Entering the 2012-13 academic year, the track and cross country program had just two All-Americans to its name in the past 23 years, and just three total All-American honors during that span. Those numbers changed in a big way over a 30-hour span at the Outdoor National Championship Meet in LaCrosse Wisconsin.
Sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) each took home All-American honors in May, helping UMass Boston earn multiple All-Americans in a single-season for the first time since 1989.
Joseph became the third two-time All-American in men's track and field program history by leaping 6-08.00 feet to earn seventh place in the high jump. McGuffie added her name to the record books less than 30 hours later, as the Little East Conference Outdoor Rookie of the Year finished in fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.73 seconds.
The two athletes success was part of a larger step forward for head coach Consandria Walker's squad. As a whole, the outdoor track and field team sent their largest contingent in over 30 years, with six athletes sporting Beacons Blue at the national meet.
Throughout the course of the winter and spring the program put together a series of program firsts and new highs under Walker.
UMass Boston opened the winter season by hosting the First Annual UMass Boston Indoor Invitational, creating a chance to showcase the Beacons' best and to give the team's athletes and alumni a chance to call an event their own.
From there the Beacons tackled numerous program-records, including Joseph's incredible 7-01.00 feet jump at the 49ers Classic, which was enough for a first place finish against Division I, II and III competition.
The Beacons added to their strong season, as Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.), Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.), Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) and senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) all joined McGuffie and Joseph as Little East Conference Champions during the 2013 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Outdoor Championship in April.