PAWTUCKET, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) became the third Corsair in program-history to be named Little East Conference Track Rookie of the Year, as major awards for the indoor season were announced by the league office on Tuesday.
The newcomer competed in four separate running events during her inaugural season with the Blue & Gold, putting in four podium worthy performances through her first seven collegiate indoor meets.
On Feb. 10 at the LEC/Alliance Championships, she put the conference on notice when she raced toward a victory for both meets with her time of 3:09.30, shattering her previous personal-best by six seconds to become the fifth Corsair in program-history to take first-place at the joint-meet. It marked the second time on the year she earned an individual medal, taking second-place in the same event at her first-ever indoor meet on Dec. 2 when she clocked in at 3:15.18 at the UMass Boston Winter Open. The personal mark set at the LEC/Alliance Championship on Feb. 10 held only one week as Walsh quickened her pace against top-tier Div. III track & field athletes in the region, coming in 15th overall with her time of 3:08.13 in the 1000 at the New England Division III Championships on Feb. 16/17.
Walsh ran a leg of the Corsairs 4x400 relay team with the squad putting forth their best effort at the Wesleyan University Invitational Feb. 3 when they raced to a third-place finish, clocking in at 4:18.06. A week later, the quartet finished sixth amongst the field at the LEC/Alliance Championship, putting in 4:19.38-minute effort. In her most recent individual outing, the Groveland-native set a personal-best in the one-mile run, finishing 35th in a populated with all three NCAA athletic divisions when she recorded a time of 5:31.34 minutes.
Taylor joins Ezra Banks (2011) and Nneka Iloba (2015) as the lone Corsair women to garner the indoor Little East Track Rookie of the Year award.