Track & Field Earns All-American Honors on Final Day of National Championship
DELAWARE, Ohio – On the last day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the women's 4x100 meter relay and sprinter Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) earned All-American honors to mark one of the most successful showings at the national championship in over 30 years Saturday afternoon at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The 4x100 meter relay team posted a seventh place finish (47.71) in Saturday's championship to earn Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.), Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), and Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) their first All-American honors. McGuffie who also competed in the 400 meter dash became the first athlete since the 1980's to earn two All-American honors on the same day. O'Brien career as a Beacon came to an end following Saturday's championship meet. A team captain, O'Brien produced an impressive senior season, which included becoming the first athlete to qualify for the high jump. For Ledin, she became just the second UMass Boston athlete to earn All-American honors in two different sports, having been named a D3Soccer.com honoree last season.
The first athlete to ever accomplish the amazing feat was Carol Thomas '87, who was also a member of the women's basketball program. Ledin also became the first athlete in UMass Boston history to compete in two different NCAA Championships, having led the women's soccer team to their first tournament appearance in 2012.
In perhaps the most anticipated meeting of the season, McGuffie stepped on the track in the 400 meter dash to face a stacked field of sprinters. The Lynn native, who entered this year's championship with the top time in the country 55.14, posted a third place finish on Saturday. With a time of 54.24 the sophomore set a new personal record to become the first four-time All-American since 1989.