Joseph Crowned NEICAAA Champion, Smith Sets New Program Record
WESTFIELD, Mass. – it was another impressive day for the track and field program as they closed out the 2014 NEICAAA Championship with some of the best performances both in UMass Boston history as well as in all of Division III track and field.
With the second best jump in the history of the UMass Boston outdoor track and field program, Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) was crowned the top high jumper in New England for the second straight week. The Brockton native recorded a leap of 7-00.50 feet Saturday afternoon which was ½ inch short of tying the program mark, which he set last season.
Saturday's performance catapulted Joseph to second in the nation, as he sits behind just Trevor James of Carthage College (7-02.50). Fellow high jumper Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) recorded a jump of 6-06.75 feet in Saturday's championship. For the women's team high jumper Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) recorded a jump of 5-05.00 feet.
Freshman thrower Taylor Smith (Burlington, Mass.) reset the record in the discus throw as she posted a toss of 134-10 feet to finish in third place at her first regional championship. Saturday's throw broke her original record by more than five feet (129-01).
Sprinter Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) also had an impressive day as she recorded a second place finish in the 400 meter dash. With a time of 55.14 seconds, which was a new personal best, the All-American now holds the fastest time in Division III in the 400.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team closed out the NEICAAA Championship with a time of 48.59 seconds. The team of McGuffie, O'Brien, Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), and Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) continue to battle some of the top relay teams in the country as they look to qualify for the national championship meet, which begins in just two short weeks.
Track and Field will close out the 2014 outdoor season next Thursday and Friday at the ECAC Outdoor Championship meet. This year's championship will be hosted by RPI in Troy, New York.