CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 10th ranked women's track and field team had one of their best days of competition as they recorded two individual first place finishes, while also sweep the three relays Saturday afternoon at the Sean Collier Invitational.
Women's – No Team Result
HOW IT HAPPENED
Taking home the two individual first place finishes at Saturday's meet was Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti). The All-American registered a new program record in the long jump 19-02.00 feet to win the event. She also won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.66 seconds. Her time in the 100 moved her into second place in the country, while her record setting distance has her leading the country by ¾ of an inch.
The nationally-ranked Beacons also posted the top times in the 4x1, 4x4 and 4x8 Saturday afternoon at MIT. In the 4x1 the team of Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.), Abigail Jean-Baptiste (Milton, Mass.) and Gesheca Boswell (Kingston, Jamaica) combined for a time of 48.93 seconds. The four sprinters currently sit 41st in the country with Saturday's time.
The 4x4 relay team of Bean, Driggers, Jonathas and Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) tripped the sensor with a time of 3:53.65 to leap into fifth place in Division III. The final relay win belonged to Patience Gbedema (Boston, Mass.), Angie VandenBoom (Foxboro, Mass.), Adrianna Fredo (Brockton, Mass.), and Caroline Mullen (Marshfield, Mass.) as the mid-distance runners put together a final time of 11:41.47.
Jean-Baptiste earned a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 15-11.00 feet, while Paulina Vo (Braintree, Mass.) finished in fourth place with a distance of 35-03.00 feet. In the 200-meter dash, Bean led the Beacons with her time of 26.33 seconds. Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) also had a strong showing in the 400 with her time of 1:03.35 to earn fifth place overall. Katie Olson (Marshfield, Mass.) and Olivia Volante (Groton, Mass.) earned fifth and seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles with times of 17.21 and 17.38 seconds respectively.
The Beacons will travel to Bridgewater State University next Saturday for the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet.