Murtonda Durant
Murtonda Durant

Murtonda Durant was a model of consistency and success, earning All-America status 15 times in a four-year career, while being a major factor in UMass Boston's dominance of women's track and field. She helped the Beacons to four NCAA team championships, including three consecutive indoor titles and was part of UMass Boston's incredible feat of becoming the first school in NCAA history to capture both indoor and outdoor team championships during the same year. UMB finished as the national runner-up three times and placed fourth in the outdoor championships during Durant's freshman season. A 1989 graduate of UMass Boston, she specialized in the 400 meters, qualifying as an All-American in all four indoor and all four outdoor races she competed in at the NCAA Championships and won the indoor title in 1985 and 1987 when she ran a 56.66 to set an NCAA record, which stood for 10 years. Durant was also a part of the Beacons' unstoppable 4X400 relay team that took four straight NCAA outdoor crowns, while establishing an NCAA record time of 3:40.76 in 1988 that still stands, and a pair of indoor titles. She currently holds indoor school records for the 55-meter dash and the 600-yard dash. Her success wasn't limited to the NCAAs either, earning All-ECAC and All-New England honors for both indoor and outdoor in all four years of competition.