LA CROSSE, Wis. – It was another dominating performance by sophomore All-American Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) as she flew into the 400-meter dash finals on day two of the NCAA Division III Outdoor on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Women's – 16th out of 40 teams (7 pts)
HOW IT HAPPENED
As the lone competitor from the third-ranked women's track and field team, Jonathas secured a spot in the finals, making Saturday a very busy day for the two-time USTFCCCA New England Track Athlete of the Year. With a time of 53.53 she set a new stadium record by .05 seconds, and defeated the second place finisher by over a second.
Jonathas will be the lone athlete from New England to compete in the finals of the 400, and was just one of two New England sprinters to qualify for the finals with the other coming out of Williams College (Megan Powell).
With her performance, Jonathas will now compete in the finals of 200- and 400-meter dashes, and will also be in action in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays as well.
To date Jonathas still owns the only sub-54 second times in the 400-meter dash in the country, with her fastest time still standing at 53.18, which she recorded on March 29.
The third-ranked Beacons will now have to record some of their best times/distances tomorrow in the final day of the national championship meet, if they are to lift their second straight national title. The action will begin at 12 p.m. (EST) when Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) competes in the triple jump
The 4x100-meter relay will kick-off at 1:15 p.m. (EST), followed by the 400 which is set to begin at 2:20 p.m. The 200-meter finals is scheduled for a 3:50 p.m. start time, while the 4x400-meter relay will close out the national championship with that event scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.