BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time in almost 30 years UMass Boston track and field will be bringing a contingent of athletes to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This year's championship is scheduled to begin this Thursday, May 23 at the Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
This year the Beacons will be making history as two members from men's team will be competing in the same event as high jumpers Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) have both secured spots in this year's championship. Joseph has had his ticket booked for Wisconsin since March when he shattered the program record on his way to a first place finish at the 49ers Classic in North Carolina when he recorded a jump of 7-01.00 feet. This marks Joseph's second trip to the national championship meet. Last year the Brockton native placed eighth overall to become the first track and field All-American in over 10 years.
For Hart he grabbed his first ticket to the national championship stage after posting a height of 6-09.75 feet at the NCAA Division III New England Regional meet on May 2. This past weekend, Hart led the Beacons on the second day of the ECAC Division III championship with a second place finish in the event, following a jump of 6-09.00 feet.
On the women's side, they will be sending their first relay team to the national championship since the 1980's, during which time the Beacons hoisted a combined four national titles. Competing in the 4x100 meter dash for UMB will be Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.), Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.), Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) and Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.). The four sprinters enter this year's national championship meet ranked 14th in the country with their time of 47.77 seconds. All season long they have dominated the relay circuit posting top time after top time to become one of the strongest relay teams in recent memory.
Also making her individual championship debut will be McGuffie. Having perhaps one of the best rookie seasons for the women's team, McGuffie will compete in the 400 meter dash after closing out the outdoor season ranked fourth in Division III. The first-ever Little East Conference Indoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, McGuffie has had a tremendous outdoor season finishing no worse than third in the 400 meter dash. Her top time of 55.50 seconds was recorded at the NEICAAA Outdoor championship just two weeks ago and earned her a second place finish overall.
The relay team will start things off for the Beacons on Thursday in the preliminary round scheduled to begin around 5:15 p.m. (EST). If they qualify for the finals, the Beacons will compete on Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. (EST). McGuffie is scheduled to compete in the 400 prelims on Friday at 6:50 p.m. (EST). The finals will also be held on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. (EST). The men's high jump is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. (EST).