March 15, 2014

McGuffie Finishes Second in 400 Meter Dash at NCAA Indoor Championship

LINCOLN, Nebraska – History was made Saturday afternoon at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship as sophomore sprinter Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) became the first Beacon to earn back-to-back All-America honors in over 20 years as she placed second in the 400 meter dash at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University.

With a time of 55.28 seconds, McGuffie shot UMass Boston into the top-30 in the team standings with her eight points.  The time marked a new personal best for the Lynn native as she was edged out by reigning national champion Ashante Little who set a new meet record in the event with her time of 55.10 seconds.

Saturday's amazing performance put McGuffie into a very elite class of for Beacons track stars as she became the first sprinter to earn All-American honors at both the NCAA Outdoor and Indoor Championship meet since the mid-1980's when UMass Boston dominated the track world, winning the first three NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field titles.

The sophomore will now take a week off as she prepares for the outdoor season which will begin on March 29 at the Tufts University Snowflake Classic.