Wadeline Jonathas Caps Off Historic Freshman Year At USA Junior Nationals

Wadeline Jonathas Caps Off Historic Freshman Year At USA Junior Nationals

BOSTON, Mass.—Freshman Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) capped off her phenomenal freshman campaign by competing at the 2017 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in Sacramento, California.

She was the lone Division III athlete to participate in a meet made up of high school, club, NAIA and Division I and II athletes. Participants had to be between the ages of 14 and 20, have U.S. citizenship and have met the minimum qualifying standards in their events. 

Jonathas competed in the 200M and 400M dashes over the course of Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24.

She opened the meet by competing against a field of 18 total athletes, which included 10 Division I sprinters, in the 400M Preliminaries. Jonathas finished eighth out of 18, with her time of 53.40. That was fast enough to earn her the final spot in the 400M Finals the next day.

In Saturday's finals, Jonathas improved her time to 52.88, which just missed matching her season-best time of 52.81. Her 52.88 marked the eighth fastest time in the finals, just .06 seconds out of seventh.

Less than an hour before her 400M finals, Jonathas took the track in the 200M prelims. Running against a stacked field of 20 athletes, Jonathas squeezed her way into finals with the eighth-fastest time (24.01).

After running three races in less than 24 hours in extremely hot California weather, she elected to not run in the 200M finals.

Jonathas' freshman season was one for the record books. The freshman won three national titles, earned four All-American honors and ran the fastest recorded times in Division III history in the 200M (23.57) and 400M (52.81). 

She was named the 2017 Division III United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and became the first athlete in school history to be nominated for the prestigious Division III Honda Woman of the Year Award.