Heather MacLean running while wearing a maroon UMass Amherst jersey

UMass Amherst represented at Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics

Four elite athletes with ties to UMass Amherst represented their nations in Tokyo during the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad:

  • UMass track & field alumna Heather MacLean ’17, ’19G, the first-ever Olympian from UMass track & field, capped her trip to the Games in the women’s 1,500 meter run semifinals.
  • The Minutewomen field hockey team was represented on two squads competing in Pool A of the Games’ hockey tournament. Sarah Hawkshaw ’18 was a starter for the Irish national team, and Marlise van Tonder '21, a traveling reserve for South Africa, became the fourth UMass goalkeeper to make an Olympic roster.
  • Florence native Gabby Thomas, whose mother Jennifer Randall is associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Education, won the bronze medal in the 200 meters with a finals time of 21.87, her fastest time at the Games. Learn more.