Jackie James was one of the greatest hurdlers in UMass Boston history and was a part of three NCAA track and field championships, helping the Beacons capture the 1986 indoor, 1986 outdoor and 1987 indoor crowns. The nine-time All-American also was a part of UMass Boston's second place showings in the 1988 NCAA indoor and 1987 and 1988 outdoor meets, while leading the squad to a 15th place national indoor finish in 1989 and a 16th place team effort for the 1989 outdoor championships. She placed in the top six in the hurdles six times at the NCAA championships, including all four times at the indoor competition. James proved to be among the best in the nation, finishing second three times in the hurdles and was a member of championship 4X400 relay teams at the 1988 indoor and outdoor NCAA meets, including the quartet that established an NCAA record time of 3:40.76 at the 1988 outdoors that still stands. The 1990 UMB graduate finished first on 12 occasions in either the 55 or 100 meter hurdles in indoor and outdoor competition and earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors for the hurdles and All-ECAC accolades for the triple jump as well. James also helped lead the Beacons to three straight ECAC indoor titles and a pair of outdoor championships during her tenure and won the indoor 55 hurdles at both the 1988 and 1989 All-New England meets and the outdoor 100 hurdles at the 1989 ECAC competition. The speedster still owns three school records at UMass Boston with a 13.80 mark in the 100 meter outdoor hurdles, a 46.80 mark as part of the 4X100 outdoor relay squad and the aforementioned 4X400 outdoor relay team.