UMass' MacLean Garners Second Team All-America Honors From USTFCCCA
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts women's track and field redshirt senior Heather MacLean has been named a second team All-American by the USTFCCCA by virtue of finishing in the top-16 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week in Eugene, Oregon. It marks the Peabody, Massachusetts, native's third career All-America honor as she was previously an All-American in the mile indoors in 2016 and in cross country last fall in 2017.
MacLean's latest All-America recognition is just the fourth in the history of the UMass women's cross country and track and field programs. UMass Hall of Famer Kelly Liljeblad became the program's first All-American after taking fifth in the 10,000 meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1995.
MacLean capped off a stellar five-year career with the Minutewomen, racing in the 800 meter semifinals at the NCAA Championships last Thursday evening at Oregon's Hayward Field where she took fifth in her heat and eighth overall, running 2 minutes, 3.61 seconds. The performance was just shy of earning her a spot in the final as the top two finishers from each heat and the next two fastest times advanced. Four of the eight finals qualifiers came out of MacLean's heat.
In addition to her three All-America accolades, MacLean finished her UMass career as a four-time NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary qualifier, an eight-time New England champion and a 10-time Atlantic 10 champion on the track in addition to two individual A-10 titles in cross country. She earned the title of New England Cross Country Champion in 2017 and was a two-time Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Cross Country Performer. MacLean also garnered Atlantic 10 Indoor Most Outstanding Track Performer honors in 2016 and outdoors this spring after winning gold medals in both the 800 meter and 1,500 meter run. She leaves UMass holding seven individual school records and a share of four relay records, three New England records and two A-10 records.