NEW ORLEANS, La. – After one of the most dominant outdoor seasons in program history freshman sprinter Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) has been named the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
In only her first season as a Beacon, Jonathas proved to the entire country that she is the best at what she does. The Division III all-time record holder in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, Jonathas won a pair of national titles last week at her first-ever NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. The native of Haiti also sits third all-time in D3 history in the 100-meter dash as well.
The only Beacon to ever be named the USTFCCCA Division III Track Athlete of the Week, Jonathas set a program record for most gold medals won at the conference championships. She would then go on to post top finish after top finish at the regional championships.
Last week, Jonathas broke the Division III record in the 200-meter dash, which had stood since 1999 when she tripped the sensor with a time of 23.57 seconds. She would then go on to break the all-time record in the 400-meter dash, which had stood since 1988, when UMass Boston great Genesia Eddins led UMB to four national titles. Jonathas capped-off her unbelievable year with an incredible time of 52.81 seconds, which at the time had her sitting second amongst Division II sprinters.
Not only did she dominate the track as an individual, but she also played a major part in the 4x100-meter relay team also earning a spot in the national championship meet. Heading into this year's championship the relay team was ranked sixth. Jonathas along with her teammates also helped the women's track and field program earn their first-ever top-10 national ranking (9th).