BOSTON, Mass. – After one of their most successful outdoor seasons in recent memory the UMass Boston track and field teams will travel up the road to Bridgewater State University where they will look to turn heads once again as they compete in the 2013 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Outdoor Championship meet.
This season the Beacons have seen multiple program and personal bests set as head coach Consandria Walker looks to lead her team to new heights on Saturday.
For the women's team no two have had a bigger season than senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) and freshman Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.). Faustin broke a record that stood since 1986 and is currently ranked in the top-50 in Division III in both the 100 meter dash (12.45) and the 200 meter dash (25.67).
McGuffie, who became the first women's track and field member to be named the Little East Conference Indoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, has continued her dominance by shattering the outdoor program record in the long jump as well. With her mark of 17-02.25 feet, the Lynn native leads all Beacons in the event. Not to be outdone, McGuffie has also shined on the track as she currently sits 18th overall in the country in the 400 meter dash with her time of 57.63 seconds.
Also playing a major part in the strong women's outdoor season has been junior Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.). The team leader in multiple events including the 100 meter hurdles (18.86) and the high jump (5-00.50), O'Brien has also competed in the heptathlon this year and earned a second place finish overall in the two-day marathon.
Senior Ari Leao sits with the two top-times in the 400 meter hurdles with her best penciled in at 1:12.19.
The throwing events have seen Nicole Aube, Katelyn Sheehan, Brittany Moore, and Anitra Kloczewiak each take turns leading the way in different events. Kloczewiak currently holds the top throw and program record in the hammer with a toss of 113-08 feet. Aube leads the team in the shot put with her throw of 31-08.75 feet, while Sheehan sits as the team leader in the discus with a mark of 106-00 feet. She remains the only Beacons thrower to break the 100 feet marker this season.
O'Brien and Tiara Butler-Smith have been the only two Beacons to compete in the javelin, with O'Brien leading the way with her throw of 69-06.00 feet. Butler-Smith is right behind her teammate with a throw of 67-08.00 feet.