DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the fifth time in six years, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women’s track and field team has been recognized as an All-Academic squad by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
“It's always rewarding to see that the expectations placed upon our student-athletes are being met at every turn,” said Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis. “Contending with the demands of college life requires a unique skill set, which makes our women’s track and field team’s achievement in the classroom very gratifying.”
The Corsair women posted a combined team GPA of 3.33 to easily surpass the 3.10 mark needed to qualify as All-Academic with the national organization. UMass Dartmouth was one of 183 women’s teams across Division III to earn the honor and one of four from the Little East Conference, joining Eastern Connecticut, Keene State and Plymouth State.
The team honor culminates a consistent year of performance in the classroom by the Corsairs. A total of 19 team members were named the LEC All-Academic teams for the indoor and outdoor seasons, including eight who made the lists during both seasons: Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.), Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass.), Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.), Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.), Lucy Jensen (Boxborough, Mass.), Jennifer Miranda (New Bedford, Mass.), Christina Ruiz (Taunton, Mass.) and Heather Shanks (Lakeville, Mass.).
Head coach Steve Gardiner’s squad earned eighth-place finishes at the 2017 New England Alliance Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and saw two broken records by junior Raybryana Dasher (New Bedford, Mass.) on the year. Dasher set new school standards in both the indoor and outdoor 400-meter dash events during 2017.