In her seven seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs, Consandria Walker-Hall has transformed the Beacons into one of the most respectable programs in the country. The 2017 USTFCCCA Division III New England Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach the Year, Walker-Hall continues to lead UMB to new heights. In the spring of 2017 she saw both the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relay teams compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship. She also mentored perhaps the greatest sprinter in Division III history in freshman Wadeline Jonathas.
Walker-Hall has seen her athletes set over 40 program records across both the men’s and women’s programs. Her student-athletes have also garnered weekly honors from both the Little East Conference and the USTFCCCA. Her leadership was evident immediately upon taking the helm of the Beacons in August 2010. She has coached several Little East Conference major award winners, while 14 student-athletes have qualified and competed at the NCAA National Championships to date.
2016-2017 – One of the most successful seasons for the Beacons, the fall season kicked-off with cross country men qualifying for the NCAA Regionals. On the women’s side, freshmen Patricia Mulinge placed in the top-10 at the Little East Conference Championship, while also being named the programs first-ever LEC Female Rookie Athlete of the Year.
The track and field season did not disappoint as both squads finished in third place at the LittleEast Conference Championship. The Beacons had both their men’s (Miriyoga, Nda, Amedoadzi, Powell) and women’s (Bean, Jonathas, Burnes, Driggers) 4x100-meter relay teams ranked in the top-8 for most the spring post season. Both squads would make history by qualifying and competing at the Outdoor T&F National Championship meet.
In addition, Jonathas had a record setting year – Earning LEC Rookie Track and Track Athlete of the Year honors. She then became the first Beacon to ever earn USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Week, as well as being named the Division III New England and National Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season. Her amazing season also culminated with a DIII Honda Award Nomination for Track and Field making her the first student-athlete in school history to earn the nomination. Jonathas broke the Outdoor Division III record in the 200-meter dash, which had stood since 1999 with a time of 23.57 seconds, and had the fastest time in the 100-meter dash (11.5) throughout the 2017 campaign.
She would then go on to break the all-time record in the 400-meter dash, which had stood since 1988. The record was held by all-time great and UMass Boston Hall of Famer Genesia Eddins. Jonathas capped-off her unbelievable year with an incredible time of 52.81 seconds. Jonathas would complete her season at the USA Junior/World Championships Trials in Sacramento, CA where she made the finals in both 200m and 400m.
The 2016 outdoor track and field season was just as successful, as the Beacons saw Hulerie McGuffie ’17 win the university’s first national championship in over 30 years. The nine-time All-American, won the 400-meter dash at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA National Championship meets. At the outdoor championship, McGuffie posted the second fastest 400-meter dash time in the meet's history (53.55 seconds). McGuffie now sits third on the outdoor Division III All-Time performance list behind Jonathas and Eddins, and is also ranked in the top-10 on the Indoor All-Time performance list for the 400m. Walker-Hall and staff also saw Taylor Smith dominate in the Discus; taking first place at the conference and New England regional championship meets. Entering the Outdoor NCAA National Championship with a throw of 45.05m, Smith finished 15th overall to end her junior year. McGuffie, along with transfer Taylor Driggers, were respectively named the 2016 Little East Conference Outdoor Track Athlete and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
On the men’s side, Walker-Hall coached Dom Nda to his first Outdoor NCAA National Championship, where he placed 15th overall in the 100-meter dash. Nda led his conference during both track and field seasons in the short sprints; he inevitably went on to dominate the conference championship meet in both the 60-meter dash and the 100-meter dash.
During the cross-country season, saw a record six athletes (3 men, 3 women) qualify for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet
The 2015 campaign marked another solid year for Walker-Hall and her Beacons. McGuffie placed fifth at the Indoor Championship, and followed up with a second-place finish at the Outdoor Championship in 400m. All-American Anisha Trappier dominated the short sprints by claiming the Indoor Little East/NE Alliance in 60-meter dash in 8.0 seconds. On men’s side, Nda took gold in at the conference championship in the 60- and 100-meter dashes.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Trappier, Krista Ledin ‘15, Renee O’Brien ‘15 and McGuffie took seventh to earn All-America honors in the spring of 2014. O’Brien also made history by becoming the first Beacon to compete in both a track and field event at the national championship meet. Three-time All-American high jumper Carl Joseph ended the 2014 outdoor season as one of the nation's top high jumpers with a best mark of 7-00.50 feet to finish in fourth place nationally.
Under Walker-Hall’s guidance, the women’s program also saw its first 4x100-meter relay team qualify for the NCAA National Championship since the 1980’s. In the spring of 2013, Joseph and fellow high jumper Tylor Hart both competed at nationals.
Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Walker-Hall has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Human Service (2010) and Master’s Degree at Lasell College in Sports Management (2015).
She currently resides in Randolph, MA with her husband, Frankie Hall Jr., and their daughters Joi and Jamaiya.
NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Coach of the Year – New England Region
Wadeline Jonathas (200, 400, LJ, 4x100)
Hulerie McGuffie (200,400, 4x100)
Samara Faustin (4x100)
Arianna Leao (4x100)
Krista Ledin (4x100)
Renee Obrien (4x100, HJ)
Anisha Trappier (4x100)
Taylor Smith (Discus)
Carl Joseph (HJ)
Tylor Hart (HJ)
Dominic Nda (100m, 4x100m)
Garth Miriyoga (4x100)
Bless Amedoadzi (4x100)
Stefan Powell (4x100m)
Wadeline Jonathas (4X) Events: 200, 400
Hulerie McGuffie (9X) Events: 200, 400, 4x100m
Carl Joseph (3X) Events: HJ
Samara Faustin Events: 4x100m
Renee Obrien Event: 4x100m
Krista Ledin Event: 4x100m
Anisha Trappier 4x100m
2017 Wadeline Jonathas Events: Outdoor 200m, Indoor and Outdoor 400m
2016 Hulerie McGuffie Events: Indoor & Outdoor 400m