Outdoor Track and Field Tournament Starts Thursday in Wisconsin
For the first time in almost 30 years, a group of University of Massachusetts Boston athletes will compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet. The 2013 event begins Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Sophomore high jumper Carl Joseph of Brockton is making a return trip to the national championship after an eighth-place finish last year. Sophomore Tylor Hart of Newton will also be competing in the high jump, which is scheduled to begin Friday at 6:45 p.m.
The women’s 4x100 relay team is going to their first national championship meet since the 1980s, when the Beacons hoisted a combined four national titles. The team of senior Samara Faustin of Boston, freshman Hulerie McGuffie of Lynn, junior Renee O’Brien of Stoneham, and freshman Anisha Trappier of Taunton is ranked 14th in Division III with a time of 47.77 seconds. If the women advance past Thursday’s preliminary round, they will compete in the finals Saturday.
McGuffie will also be competing in the 400-meter dash after completing the outdoor season ranked fourth in Division III. The first-ever Little East Conference Indoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year has finished no lower than third in the event this season. McGuffie will compete on Friday for a spot in Saturday’s final.
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