CLEVELAND, Ohio—UMass Boston Athletics set a new department record in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced late last week.
The Beacons finished 109th out of over 400 competing Division III institutions and third overall amongst Little East Conference teams with 180.5 points. After finishing 213th during the 2010-11 academic year, the Beacons have moved up the standings in each of the past four years (213th, 181st, 128th).
UMass Boston finished third in the Little East behind only Keene State College (69th) and the University of Southern Maine (74th) and 18th overall amongst New England schools. Williams College took first place for the 17th time in 19 years with an overall score of 1,225.25 points.
The Directors’ Cup, a joint effort of NACDA and USA Today, ranks each Division III institution in up to 18 sports (nine men’s, nine women’s) throughout the year, awarding points based on each team’s finish in their NCAA sanctioned tournament or meet.
Four Beacons teams earned points for the Beacons based on their finish on the national stage.
Volleyball earned 73 points in the fall thanks to their fifth-place finish in the 2013 NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Beacons claimed their fifth-straight Little East Conference Tournament Title in early November and then captured their second-straight and third overall New England Regional Tournament Title a week later. UMass Boston eventually fell to number one overall seed Calvin College in the 2013 NCAA Division III National Tournament First Round.
Sophomore Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) was responsible for all 47.5 points, as the four-time All-American earned a career-best second-place finish (55.28 seconds) in the 400-meter dash at the Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
UMass Boston added 60 more points in the spring thanks to strong showings from the Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Teams.
McGuffie was part of a six-women contingent, which advanced to Delaware, Ohio for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship. She once again earned All-American status in the 400-meter dash with a third-place finish and then teamed up with Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) and Renee O’Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) for a seventh-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay.
On the men’s side, three-time All-American Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) earned all 20 points by tying his career-best with a fourth-place finish in the high jump (6-10.25 feet).