The 2016-17 season will mark the seventh year for head coach Consandria Walker as the men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field programs.
Since taking over the program, Walker continues to build an impressive resume. She has seen tremendous success and has continued to bring in some of the top athletes in all of New England. She continues to lead the way as her Beacons set new records every season. In Walkers tenure, nine student-athletes have participated in the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
During the 2015-16 season, Walker once again led the Beacons to unprecented success. In total she saw three athletes qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship meet. She also mentored the university's first national champion in over 30 years in nine-time All-American Hulerie McGuffie who won the 400-meter dash at both the indoor and outdoor national championship meet. At the outoor championship, McGuffie posted the second fastest time ever in the meet's history in the 400 with a time of 53.55 seconds. McGuffie along with transfer Taylor Driggers were named the 2016 Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year respectively. In the fall, she saw a record six athletes (3 men, 3 women) qualify for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet.
The 2014-15 season, marked another successful year for Walkers Beacons both on the track and on the trails. Freshman Melissa Colbert set a program record with four Little East Conference Rookie of the Week honors during the cross country season. Junior sprinter Hulerie McGuffie continued her dominance on the track, earning All-American accolades in the 400-meter dash at both the indoor and outdoor national championship meets. She would earn her first national runner-up honor in the outdoor season, to become a six-time All-American. For the men's team, freshman Dom Nda earned the prorgram's second Little East Conference Rookie Track Athlete of the Year after having a standout indoor and outdoor seasons.
On the women’s side Walker has lead the team back to national prominence developing some of the top sprinters since the program's "Golden Era". During the 2014 indoor track season four-time All-American Hulerie McGuffie finished in second place in the 400 meter dash at the Division III National Championship.
At the 2014 outdoor championship meet, program earned an impressive five All-American honors, with McGuffie earning her second of the year in the 400 meter dash. Along with the team of Renee O’Brien, Krista Ledin, and Anisha Trappier the four sprinters earned a seventh place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. O’Brien also represented the Beacons in the high jump, becoming the first athlete to ever compete at the national level in the event.
In 2013 the 4x100 relay team was represented nationally by Samara Faustin, McGuffie, O’Brien, and Trappier, making them the first relay team in over 30 years to compete at the National Championship. It was also in that year, that McGuffie earned her first All-American honor in the 400 meter dash.
On the men’s side Walker coached her first three-time All-American high jumper in Carl Joseph. Joseph ended the 2014 outdoor season as one of the nation's top high jumper with his mark of 7-00.50 feet to finish in fourth place nationally. In 2013 she set a new program standard by bringing both Joseph and fellow high jumper Tylor Hart to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in Wisconsin.
In just four short seasons, Walker has seen her athletes set over 26 program records. They have also garnered weekly honors from both the Little East Conference and the ECAC. To date she has mentored a combined five Little East Conference major award winners.
Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Walker is no stranger to awards and accolades. Named as an All-State and All-American while attending Hackensack High School in Hackensack, N.J. Walker graduated with bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Human Service. There she became a two- time NCAA Division I qualifier, and helped her team to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship in 2007. Walker also earned numerous All-New England honors in the sprints and horizontal jump events, and is still listed on Huskies All-Time list in the triple jump.
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