BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – All-Americans Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) and Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) had a tremendous for the second ranked women's track and field team as they compete at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Friday afternoon.
The duo posted a first and third place finish in the long jump to catapult the Beacons into first place in the championship standings with a combined 16 points. Jonathas collected her first, first place finish with a leap of 19-06.00 feet to win the LJ. Driggers, had one of her best performances of the year as she went from ninth to third place on her second to last jump. The Connecticut native recorded a distance of 18-08.50 feet. Jonathas is also the first Beacon to win a field event at the Indoor National Championship since Ann Brissett won the triple jump in 1985.
On the track, Jonathas continued her pursuit of history as she looks to become only the second athlete in NCAA Division III history to win four different events at the national championship. Even though Friday's 60-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes were just the prelims, the All-American made an impression, not soon to be forgotten.
In her first prelim, the 60, the native of Haiti dominated the competition as she set a new Division III and National Championship meet record with a time of 6.90 seconds. She then recorded a new Division III championship meet record in the 400 with a time of 54.50 seconds. In her final prelim of the afternoon, Jonathas registered another Division III and championship meet record in the 200. The sophomore tripped the sensor with a time of 23.90 seconds.
Jonathas will now look to complete her historic run tomorrow in the finals of the 60-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes. The finals of the 60 will start at 3:35 pm EST. The 400 will begin at 4:25 pm EST. The 200 will begin at 5:15 pm EST.