PROVIDENCE, R.I.—#6 UMass Boston women's track & field recorded their best-ever finish at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championship Saturday afternoon in Providence.
New England Alliance: 94 points (3rd out of 11)
Little East Conference: 102 points (3rd out of 7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons won a program record six gold medals to earn a third-place finish in both the New England Alliance and the Little East Conference results. Prior to Saturday, UMass Boston's best-ever finish came last year, when the Beacons finished in fourth-place in the LEC.
Driggers started off the day by winning the long jump with a meet record leap and ended up with three gold medals and points in six different events.
Jonathas was just as dominant, as she won five gold medals and earned points for her team in seven total events.
The Beacons started the day by putting together a huge performance in the long jump. Driggers (18-11.75 feet) and Jonathas (18-05.75) finished first and second in the event, with both athletes shattering the former meet record.
Driggers kept the momentum going in the jump pits, as she broke another meet record in the triple jump and finished second overall. Her jump of 37-10.00 feet puts her into the top-20 in the nation in the event.
Jonathas tacked on a third-place finish in the LEC in the high jump with a jump of 5-00.50 feet.
The Beacons then turned their attention towards the track, where they proved to be the dominant program on the day.
In the 60M dash, UMass Boston had three athletes qualify for the finals and two of the three finishers. Jonathas set a new meet record in the preliminaries (7.63) and then took the finals with a time of 7.65. Driggers was just behind her in third with a time of 7.97, while Abigail Jean-Baptiste (Milton, Mass.) finished sixth in the LEC with a time of 8.34.
Jonathas earned her second gold medal in the 200M. She broke her own meet record in the event by running a 24.93. Senior Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.) and Driggers took home fourth and sixth-place in the 200M.
Jonathas cruised to victory in the 400M, as she beat the rest of the field by nearly four seconds with her time of 58.13.
In the 600M, freshman Angie VandenBoom (Foxboro, Mass.) set the Beacons' lone program record of the day on the women's side. Vandenboom earned a sixth-place finish with her time of 1:49.02, which broke her own program record.
The Beacons capped off their highly successful day with a pair of wins in relays. UMass Boston's 4x200M team consisting of Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.), Bean, Driggers and Jonathas crushed the field with a time of 1:43.40.
UMass Boston was just as dominant in the 4x400M relay. Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.), Bean, Driggers and Jonathas finished in 4:05.18, close to 15 seconds ahead of the next Little East Conference team.
Jonathas' five gold medals marked a new program record for first-place finishes at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Indoor Championships. She won four gold medals as a freshman.
The women's team will travel to Springfield College on Friday and Saturday, for the NCAA Division III New England Championships.