WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – It was one of the most historic moments in UMass Boston track and field history as freshman Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) recorded the fastest time in the 200-meter dash in the D3 history at the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Championship meet hosted by Williams College.
Men – 19th out of 32 teams
Women – 5th out of 32 teams
HOW IT HAPPENED
Jonathas' historic day comes one week after she recorded the than fifth fastest time in Division III history in the 200 to earn her USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors. The native of Haiti also climbed into the top-3 in D3 history in the 100-meter dash to cap-off a pair of first place finishes.
She tripped the sensor in the 200 with a time of 23.67 seconds, while in the 100 she finished with a time of 11.59 seconds. As a team, women's track and field team, which is now ranked a program best 11th in the country recorded a fifth-place finish. That team finish is also a program best for head coach Consandria Walker's women's team.
Also, picking-up a first-place finish was the 4x100-meter relay team who recorded a combined time of 47.56. Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) earned a fifth-place finish in the long jump with her final distance marked at 17-10.25 feet. Driggers also finished in eighth-place with a jump of 37-01.00 feet.
On the men's side, Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) notched a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.79 seconds. Stefan Powell earned a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with his final time of 21.99 seconds.
Adrian Higgins tripped the sensor with a time of 56.47 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. The men's 4x100-meter relay team recorded a time of 42.10 seconds to finish in fifth place.
The Beacons will return to Williams College next weekend for the NEICAAA Championship meet.