Darrelle Boyd
Darrelle Boyd

Darrelle Boyd becomes the sixth track and field star elected to the UMass Boston Hall of Fame and is one of the greatest middle distance runners in school history, competing in four seasons on the indoor and outdoor track teams as well as the cross country squad. She was a part of all four of the Beacons' NCAA track and field championships, helping them capture the 1985 indoor, 1986 indoor, 1986 outdoor and 1987 indoor crowns. The Mattapan native was a part of UMass Boston's runner-up showings in the 1988 NCAA indoor and 1987 and 1988 outdoor meets and helped the squad to a fifth place finish in the 1985 outdoor championships as well. The 1989 UMass Boston graduate finished in the top six in the 800 meters seven times at the NCAA championships, including second place finishes in the 1985 and 1988 outdoor meets and placed in the top seven in the 1500 meters four times to go along with a first place showing as part of the 1988 NCAA championship 4X400 indoor relay team to give her All-American status 12 times, the third-highest total of any UMB athlete in school history. She burst onto the scene as a freshman becoming the only athlete on the squad to capture All-American status in two individual events during the indoor season and matched the feat again as a junior during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns. Boyd took seven individual first place finishes in distances ranging from 800 meters to the mile during her career, including top finishes in the 1500 at the 1985 ECAC outdoor championships and the 800 at the 1986 ECAC indoor championships. She attained All-New England status in seven events, while earning All-ECAC honors in 11 events and holds four individual school records including the school standard for the indoor 1000 yards (2:36.18), 1000 meters (3:02.6), mile (5:02.1) and outdoor 1500 meters (4:33.64) and was a part of the UMass Boston's school-record breaking relay teams in the 4X800 (9:07.3) and distance medley (12:33.02) outdoor races. Following her tremendous collegiate career, she went on to a successful coaching career with the Boston International Track Club for 12 years, where she coached three national champions. Boyd also coached for eight years on the Northeastern University staff and was a part of the Mayor's Youth Olympics for 12 years. She graduated Suma cum Laude from Curry College with a masters of education in 1996 and was the class valedictorian.