Genesia Eddins
Genesia Eddins

Eddins is arguably the greatest track and field athlete from an era when the Beacons dominated the sport in the mid to late 1980s. Eddins earned All-American status in 15 events during her four-year career and captured eight NCAA individual championships, winning three 800-meter indoor titles from 1986-88 and two more outdoor crowns in the 800 in 1986 and 1987. Eddins took the 400-meters in outdoor competition in 1985, 1987 and 1988 as well. The track star still holds two NCAA championship records with a time of 2:06.89 that she established in the 1987 800 indoor championships and a mark of 53.45 set in the 400 for the 1988 indoor competition. Eddins was also an integral part of the six UMass Boston relay NCAA championship units, helping the Beacons attain four straight NCAA outdoor titles in the 1,600 relay from 1985-88 and a pair of indoor crowns in the 1,600 relay in 1987 and 1988. The 1988 outdoor team still holds the NCAA championship record of 3:40.76 set in 1988 for the 1,600. Eddins was a major reason for the school's four NCAA titles (three indoor, one outdoor) as well.