Jackie James
Jackie James

Jackie James was one of the greatest hurdlers in UMass Bostonhistory and was a part of three NCAA track and field championships,helping the Beacons capture the 1986 indoor, 1986 outdoor and 1987indoor crowns. The nine-time All-American also was a part of UMassBoston's second place showings in the 1988 NCAA indoor and 1987 and1988 outdoor meets, while leading the squad to a 15th placenational indoor finish in 1989 and a 16th place team effort for the1989 outdoor championships. She placed in the top six in thehurdles six times at the NCAA championships, including all fourtimes at the indoor competition. James proved to be among the bestin the nation, finishing second three times in the hurdles and wasa member of championship 4X400 relay teams at the 1988 indoor andoutdoor NCAA meets, including the quartet that established an NCAArecord time of 3:40.76 at the 1988 outdoors that still stands. The1990 UMB graduate finished first on 12 occasions in either the 55or 100 meter hurdles in indoor and outdoor competition and earnedAll-New England and All-ECAC honors for the hurdles and All-ECACaccolades for the triple jump as well. James also helped lead theBeacons to three straight ECAC indoor titles and a pair of outdoorchampionships during her tenure and won the indoor 55 hurdles atboth the 1988 and 1989 All-New England meets and the outdoor 100hurdles at the 1989 ECAC competition. The speedster still ownsthree school records at UMass Boston with a 13.80 mark in the 100meter outdoor hurdles, a 46.80 mark as part of the 4X100 outdoorrelay squad and the aforementioned 4X400 outdoor relay team.