In her eight seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs, Consandria Walker-Hall has transformed the Beacons into one of the most respectable programs in the country. The 2018 USTFCCCA Division III Indoor National Coach of the Year, and 2017 USTFCCCA Division III New England Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach the Year, Walker-Hall continues to lead UMB to new heights.
The 2017-18 year marked a historic one for Walker-Hall and her Beacons as she led the program to back-to-back NCAA Track and Field Championships. With perhaps the greatest sprinter in Division III history in Wadeline Jonathas leading the way, the Beacons shocked the track and field world at the indoor championship, with Jonathas winning four individual national championships. At the outdoor championships, Walker-Hall's Beacons put together a tremendous team effort to claim the program's second outdoor crown in program history.
A total of 13 All-America honors were bestowed on the Beacons women's track and field team, while the men's 4x100-meter relay team became the first group of sprinters to ever earn All-America honors in the program's history.
Walker-Hall has seen her athletes set over 50 program records across both the men’s and women’s programs. Her student-athletes have also garnered weekly honors from both the Little East Conference and the USTFCCCA. Her leadership was evident immediately upon taking the helm of the Beacons in August 2010. She has coached several Little East Conference major award winners, while 17 student-athletes have qualified and competed at the NCAA National Championships to date.
2017-2018 – It was the year of the Beacons in 2017-18, especially on the women’s side. For the second time in program history, UMass Boston hoisted both the indoor and outdoor national titles. Amongst the many honors handed out during the unbelievable season, Walker-Hall was named the Division III National Indoor Coach of the Year, while Jonathas collected every possible, conference, regional, and national major award during the indoor campaign. She also became just the second athlete in NCAA Division III track and field history to win four individual national titles at one championship.
A program record 24 USTFCCCA All-Region honors were earned by the women’s team, while the men’s squad collected a total of eight, which was also a new program best. The men’s squad saw the first relay team earn All-America honors with Dom Nda, Garth Miriyoga, Stefan Powell, and Bless Amedoadzi posting a seventh-place finish at the outdoor championship meet.
After Jonathas and Taylor Driggers, helped secure the program’s first national crown in over 30-years at the indoor championship, the duo along with Lexy Bean and Olivia Burnes put together a tremendous performance at the outdoor championship. The four competitors battled through three days of heat and rain and finished tied with George Fox as the top team in Division III outdoor track and field. With their national titles, the Beacons became just the second program in UMass Boston history to earn the number-one ranking on their respective national coaches’ poll.
Driggers became UMass Boston’s first individual national champion in the triple jump, while Jonathas ended her sophomore season with NCAA Division III records in the indoor 60-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes. She also collected individual national titles in the outdoor 200- and 400-meter dashes, bringing her sophomore total to six individual titles, and two team titles.
She was named the USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Week multiple times over the indoor and outdoor seasons. She also became the first Beacon in UMass Boston history to be named to the prestigious Sports Illustrated “Faces In The Crowd” column in late March.
For Nda he became the first sprinter to earn multiple All-America honors. Prior to leading the 4x100-meter relay at the outdoor championship, Nda posted a seventh-place finish in the 60 at the indoor championship meet. The Pittsfield native ended his time on the harbor campus, as one of the most decorated male sprinters. Virgil Harrell III became just the second Beacon to earn Little East Conference Rookie Field Athlete of the Year honors, after a standout freshman campaign.
2016-2017 – One of the most successful seasons for the Beacons, the fall season kicked-off with cross country men qualifying for the NCAA Regionals. On the women’s side, freshmen Patricia Mulinge placed in the top-10 at the Little East Conference Championship, while also being named the programs first-ever LEC Female Rookie Athlete of the Year.
The track and field season did not disappoint as both squads finished in third place at the Little East Conference Championship. The Beacons had both their men’s (Miriyoga, Nda, Amedoadzi, Powell) and women’s (Bean, Jonathas, Burnes, Driggers) 4x100-meter relay teams ranked in the top-8 for most the spring post season. Both squads would make history by qualifying and competing at the Outdoor T&F National Championship meet.
In addition, Jonathas had a record setting year – Earning LEC Rookie Track and Track Athlete of the Year honors. She then became the first Beacon to ever earn USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Week, as well as being named the Division III New England and National Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season. Her amazing season also culminated with a DIII Honda Award Nomination for Track and Field making her the first student-athlete in school history to earn the nomination. Jonathas broke the Outdoor Division III record in the 200-meter dash, which had stood since 1999 with a time of 23.57 seconds, and had the fastest time in the 100-meter dash (11.5) throughout the 2017 campaign.
She would then go on to break the all-time record in the 400-meter dash, which had stood since 1988. The record was held by all-time great and UMass Boston Hall of Famer Genesia Eddins. Jonathas capped-off her unbelievable year with an incredible time of 52.81 seconds. Jonathas would complete her season at the USA Junior/World Championships Trials in Sacramento, CA where she made the finals in both 200m and 400m.
The 2016 outdoor track and field season was just as successful, as the Beacons saw Hulerie McGuffie ’17 win the university’s first national championship in over 30 years. The nine-time All-American, won the 400-meter dash at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA National Championship meets. At the outdoor championship, McGuffie posted the second fastest 400-meter dash time in the meet's history (53.55 seconds). McGuffie now sits third on the outdoor Division III All-Time performance list behind Jonathas and Eddins, and is also ranked in the top-10 on the Indoor All-Time performance list for the 400m. Walker-Hall and staff also saw Taylor Smith dominate in the Discus; taking first place at the conference and New England regional championship meets. Entering the Outdoor NCAA National Championship with a throw of 45.05m, Smith finished 15th overall to end her junior year. McGuffie, along with transfer Taylor Driggers, were respectively named the 2016 Little East Conference Outdoor Track Athlete and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
On the men’s side, Walker-Hall coached Dom Nda to his first Outdoor NCAA National Championship, where he placed 15th overall in the 100-meter dash. Nda led his conference during both track and field seasons in the short sprints; he inevitably went on to dominate the conference championship meet in both the 60-meter dash and the 100-meter dash.
During the cross-country season, saw a record six athletes (3 men, 3 women) qualify for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet
The 2015 campaign marked another solid year for Walker-Hall and her Beacons. McGuffie placed fifth at the Indoor Championship, and followed up with a second-place finish at the Outdoor Championship in 400m. All-American Anisha Trappier dominated the short sprints by claiming the Indoor Little East/NE Alliance in 60-meter dash in 8.0 seconds. On men’s side, Nda took gold in at the conference championship in the 60- and 100-meter dashes.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Trappier, Krista Ledin ‘15, Renee O’Brien ‘15 and McGuffie took seventh to earn All-America honors in the spring of 2014. O’Brien also made history by becoming the first Beacon to compete in both a track and field event at the national championship meet. Three-time All-American high jumper Carl Joseph ended the 2014 outdoor season as one of the nation's top high jumpers with a best mark of 7-00.50 feet to finish in fourth place nationally.
Under Walker-Hall’s guidance, the women’s program also saw its first 4x100-meter relay team qualify for the NCAA National Championship since the 1980’s. In the spring of 2013, Joseph and fellow high jumper Tylor Hart both competed at nationals.
Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Walker-Hall has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Human Service (2010) and Master’s Degree at Lasell College in Sports Management (2015).
She currently resides in Randolph, MA with her husband, Frankie Hall Jr., and their daughters Joi and Jamaiya.
NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Coach of the Year – New England Region
NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Women’s Coach of the Year – New England Region and National
Wadeline Jonathas (200, 400, LJ, 4x100)
Hulerie McGuffie (200,400, 4x100)
Samara Faustin (4x100)
Arianna Leao (4x100)
Krista Ledin (4x100)
Renee Obrien (4x100, HJ)
Anisha Trappier (4x100)
Taylor Smith (Discus)
Carl Joseph (HJ)
Tylor Hart (HJ)
Dominic Nda (60m, 100m, 4x100m)
Garth Miriyoga (4x100)
Bless Amedoadzi (4x100)
Stefan Powell (4x100m)
Wadeline Jonathas (13X): 60, 200, 400, LJ, 4x100m, 4x400m
Hulerie McGuffie (9X): 200, 400, 4x100m
Taylor Driggers (4X): LJ, TJ, 4x100m, 4x400m
Carl Joseph (3X): HJ
Lexy Bean (2X): 4x100m, 4x400m
Olivia Burnes (2X): 4x100m, 4x400m
Dom Nda (2X): 60m, 4x100m
Samara Faustin: 4x100m
Renee O’Brien: 4x100m
Krista Ledin: 4x100m
Anisha Trappier: 4x100m
Stefan Powell: 4x100m
Bless Amedoadzi: 4x100m
Garth Miriyoga: 4x100m
2018 Wadeline Jonathas: Indoor – 60m, 200m, 400m, LJ / Outdoor – 200m, 400m
2018 Taylor Driggers: Outdoor: TJ
2017 Wadeline Jonathas Events: Outdoor 200m, Indoor and Outdoor 400m
2016 Hulerie McGuffie Events: Indoor & Outdoor 400m