Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich, RI) received the Helen M. Murphy Award at the college’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony held in Roberts Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement and honors an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete.
McCaffrey has starred on the women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams, while also playing one season of women’s basketball, during her career at RIC.
In women’s cross country, McCaffrey was named the women's cross country team's MVP as a senior in 2018. McCaffrey finished 73rd (23:29.37) at the NCAA N.E. Div. III Regional Championship on Nov. 10. She registered a second place finish (19:57.80) and earned All-Little East accolades at the Little East Championship on Oct. 27.
As a junior in 2017, McCaffrey placed 141st (23:50.7) at the N.E. Championships on Nov. 11. She earned All-LEC honors after placing seventh (20:04.5) at the Little East Championship on Oct. 28.
As a sophomore in 2016, she placed 237th(25:21.89) at the N.E. Div. III Championship on Nov. 12 and finished 27th place (20:13.63) at the Little East Championship on Oct. 29.
In indoor track & field, McCaffrey holds the program records in both the 800m (2:15.66) and the mile (5:18.90).
As a senior in 2018-19, she helped lead the Anchorwomen to both the N.E. Alliance and Little East Championships. McCaffrey registered a fourth place finish (2:18.48) in her heat of the 800m preliminaries at the 2019 NCAA Div. III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship on March 9. McCaffrey notched a 12th place finish in the 800m (2:21.93) at the N.E. Championship on Feb. 23. She earned N.E. Alliance honors in two events at the Alliance Championship on Feb. 16. McCaffrey captured the Alliance and Little East Championship in the 800m (2:24.54). She also placed third in the mile (5:18.90), establishing a new program record in that event. McCaffrey finished fourth as part of the 4x800m relay (10:45.30).
As a sophomore in 2016-17, she finished fifth in the 1,000m (3:09.19) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 17. McCaffrey earned N.E. Alliance honors with a fifth place finish in the 1,000m (3:11.86) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 11.
In outdoor track & field, McCaffrey holds RIC records in the 800m (2:16.64), 1,500m (4:48.68) and the 3,000m steeplechase (11:43.39). She also was a member of RIC’s best-ever 4x800m relay time (10:21.58).
As a junior in 2018, McCaffrey helped lead the Anchorwomen to the Little East Outdoor Championship. She finished 23rd in the 800m (2:20.34) at the N.E. Championship on May 5. McCaffrey won a pair of LEC Championships at the Alliance Championship on April 28, finishing second in the Alliance and first in the LEC in both the 800m (2:23.86) and the 3,000m steeplechase (11:55.77).
As a sophomore in 2017, she earned N.E. Alliance honors and was the Little East Champion with a first place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase (12:23.60) at the Alliance Championship on April 29.
McCaffrey played one season of women’s basketball as a junior in 2017-18. She played in 23 games, starting three of them. She averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. McCaffrey had a season-high 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 13. She dished out four assists on three occasions and swiped four steals vs. UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 24.
Prior to coming to RIC, McCaffrey attended Emmanuel College.
She is a graphic design major and a 2015 graduate of East Greenwich High School.
ABOUT THE HELEN M. MURPHY AWARD
The Murphy Award was established in 1979 and sponsored by the faculty of the Henry Barnard School to honor an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete. The award is named for Helen M. Murphy, a graduate of Rhode Island College in 1939, who was a member of the faculty for 38 years and taught at the Henry Barnard School, beginning in 1941, until her retirement in 1979.