Murtonda Durant
Murtonda Durant

Murtonda Durant was a model of consistency and success, earningAll-America status 15 times in a four-year career, while being amajor factor in UMass Boston's dominance of women's track andfield. She helped the Beacons to four NCAA team championships,including three consecutive indoor titles and was part of UMassBoston's incredible feat of becoming the first school in NCAAhistory to capture both indoor and outdoor team championshipsduring the same year. UMB finished as the national runner-up threetimes and placed fourth in the outdoor championships duringDurant's freshman season. A 1989 graduate of UMass Boston, shespecialized in the 400 meters, qualifying as an All-American in allfour indoor and all four outdoor races she competed in at the NCAAChampionships and won the indoor title in 1985 and 1987 when sheran a 56.66 to set an NCAA record, which stood for 10 years. Durantwas also a part of the Beacons' unstoppable 4X400 relay team thattook four straight NCAA outdoor crowns, while establishing an NCAArecord time of 3:40.76 in 1988 that still stands, and a pair ofindoor titles. She currently holds indoor school records for the55-meter dash and the 600-yard dash. Her success wasn't limited tothe NCAAs either, earning All-ECAC and All-New England honors forboth indoor and outdoor in all four years of competition.