2013 Women's Outdoor Track & Field Award Winners Released

2013 Women's Outdoor Track & Field Award Winners Released

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.— The Little East Conference office announced Rhode Island College freshman Jaimee Dorsey (East Greenwich, R.I.) was named as the Track Athlete of the Year and Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, respectively, this afternoon after a vote by the six conference coaches. Dorsey became the first student-athlete in conference history to earn two major women's outdoor track and field awards in the same season.

In addition to Dorsey, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, Mass.) was selected as the Field Athlete of the Year, while University of Massachusetts Boston freshman Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) was chosen as the Rookie Field Athlete of the Year. Rhode Island College's Kevin Jackson was tabbed as the Coach of the Year to complete the sixth edition of the major awards program.

Dorsey became the first Rhode Island College student-athlete in program history to earn the conference's prestigious top track athlete award. The freshman from East Greenwich, R.I. also won the Little East Indoor Rookie Track Athlete of the Year Award this past winter. Dorsey rewrote the Anchorwoman outdoor record book in 2013, establishing a new program standard in the 60-meter dash (7.89), 200-meter dash (24.71), 400-meter dash (54.95), and 800-meter run (2:23.18). She also combined with her teammates to set two relay records. Highly decorated, Dorsey captured the individual title in the 200-meter dash at the Little East/New England Alliance Championships, New England Division III Championships, and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships. She won the 400-meter dash at the Little East/New England Alliance Championships, New England Division III Championships, and New England Open Championships. The Rhode Island College 4x400-meter relay team stood atop awards podium at the New England Open Championships after posting a school record time of three minutes, 49.52 seconds.

Dorsey recently qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin in the 400-meter dash, as well as being a member of the program's 4x400-meter relay team. She covered the Roger Harring Stadium track in 56.333 seconds, but was edged by less than two thousands of a second from advancing to the finals. Dorsey was seeded second in the national field after producing a school record time of 54.95 seconds at the Brown Invitational. The Anchorwomen quartet placed 11th at the national meet with a combined time of three minutes, 50.97 seconds. Dorsey was named the Little East Track Athlete of the Week twice, while winning the conference's Rookie Track Athlete of the Week honor four times.

Chauvin is the first Corsair in program history to earn the conference's top field athlete award. The junior from Seekonk, Mass. became the first UMass Dartmouth female athlete to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships since Kathleen Fitzgibbons in 1991 (javelin). Chauvin, making her second appearance at the national meet, placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 54.41 meters (178-06). She set a new Corsair standard in the hammer throw at the New England Division III Championships, winning the competition with a mark of 57.57 meters (188-10). Chauvin captured the hammer throw event at the New England Open Championships with a W.B. Stadium record of 55.62 meters (182-06). She also won the hammer throw at the Little East/New England Alliance Championships and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships. Chauvin was honored as the Little East Field Athlete of the Week seven times on the campaign.

McGuffie became the first Beacon to be chosen as the recipient of the Little East's Rookie Field Athlete of the Year Award. The freshman from Lynn, Mass. is making her second appearance as a major award winner, earning the 2012-13 Little East Indoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year Award. McGuffie established a new UMass Boston standard in the long jump, winning the conference individual title with a leap of 5.35 meters (17-06.75). Her mark at the Little East Outdoor Track and Field Championship qualified McGuffie for participation in the New England Division III Championships, New England Open Championships, and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships. Earlier this spring, she covered 5.24 meters (17-02.25) to win the Bridgewater State Invitational. In addition to her accomplishments on the horizontal runway, McGuffie became the first Beacon sprinter to earn All-America honors since 1989. She crossed the finish line at 55.73 seconds to place fourth in the 400-meter dash. McGuffie was named the Little East Rookie Track Athlete of the Week twice on the season, while earning the Rookie Field Athlete of the Week citation twice.

Jackson is making his second appearance as the top women's outdoor track and field coach in the conference circuit and first since 2009. Under his direction, Rhode Island College sophomore Daria Brayboy and freshman Jaimee Dorsey qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter dash. The Anchorwomen 4x400-meter relay team also secured a berth into the national meet, placing 11th overall. Jackson led Rhode Island College to the team title at the Silfen Invitational, outdistancing 11 other programs. The Anchorwomen were the highest ranking Little East program at the New England Division III Championships, finishing 10th among 25 schools. Jackson will welcome 12 of his 13 student-athletes from his current squad back into the fold in 2014.

Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.