LINCOLN, Neb.—Sophomore Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) took a huge step towards becoming the first back-to-back All-American in UMass Boston women's track and field since the late 1980's, by setting a new personal best and a new program record Friday afternoon on Day One of the Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
McGuffie dominated the field in the 400-meter dash en-rout to the best time of the day and a new personal-best. The sophomore who earned All-American honors in the 400 in last year's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, finished with a time of 55.36 seconds, a full .75 seconds faster than her previous career-best time. Her career-best time was good enough to place her ahead of 2013 400-meter Outdoor Champion Ashante Little (55.51), who came in to the meet with the best qualifying time (54.82).
McGuffie also competed in the 200-meter dash, posting a new program-record with a time of 25.16 seconds. The time wasn't good enough for her to earn a spot in Saturday's finals, as she finished in 14th out of 17th competitors, but she missed the finals by just .17 seconds.
She will look to earn All-American honors and potentially her first national championship Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Eastern, when the women's 400-meter dash begins. Nebraska Wesleyan University and the NCAA will provide live stats and a live video feed of the race.