Women’s 4x100 Relay Team Kicks Off National Championship Meet

LA CROSSE, Wis. – On the first day of the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field championship, the women's 4x100 relay team made their first championship appearance in over 20 years to compete against some of the top teams in the country at the Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

Representing UMass Boston in this year's preliminary round of the 4x100 meter relay was Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.), Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.), Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.), and Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.).

The four sprinters went on to recorded a final time of 48.12 seconds, which was .62 just off of qualifying.  Two separate heats were ran in Thursday's preliminary round, with the top two teams from each heat earning a spot in Saturday's top-9 which will compete for a national championship.  After the four automatic qualifiers were determined the five remaining spots were sorted by the fastest remaining times overall.  Wisconsin La Crosse went on to set a new stadium record and earned the top time overall of 45.97 seconds.

UMass Boston will see three Beacons compete tomorrow afternoon starting with the men's triple jump as Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) will look to become the program's first All-American duo since 1976 outdoor championship.  The high jump event is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. EST.  Also in action tomorrow will be McGuffie in the prelims of the 400 meter dash.  If she qualifies, she will then compete on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. EST.