Jonathas Breaks Division III Record In 400-Meter Dash to Lead No. 13 Women’s Track & Field

Jonathas Breaks Division III Record In 400-Meter Dash to Lead No. 13 Women’s Track & Field

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore All-American Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) once again cemented her status as the best sprinter in Division III college track and field today as she rewrote the 400-meter dash record Friday afternoon at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic.


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Jonathas led the 13th ranked Beacons in perhaps the most dominant performance ever in Division III track and field history.  Her time of 53.70 seconds shattered the original DIII record set by Wheaton College's (MA) Amber James.  The original record stood since 2004 at 54.48.  Jonathas' time also broke the program record at UMass Boston which had stood since March 8, 1987.  All-time great Genesia Eddins has held the program record with a time of 54.96 seconds. 

To date Jonathas now leads the country in the 60-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes.  Today's time would also lead Division II, and is amongst the top-10 fastest times in Division I.

Also in action on Friday was Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) who posted a time of 8.56 seconds in the 60-meter dash.  Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) led a quartet of sprinters in the 200-meter dash with her team-leading time of 26.20 seconds.  Hernandez posted a time of 26.23 seconds, followed by Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.) who finished with a time of 26.84.  Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) also competed in the 200 with her time of 27.21 seconds.

Angie VandenBoom (Foxboro, Mass.) closed out the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:26.28. 

The 4x400-meter relay team registered the fastest D3 time in Friday's meet with a combined time of 3:57.30.  Burnes, Bean, Jonathas, and Driggers now sit second in the country in the relay, and hold the fastest time in New England by more than three seconds. 

To close out Friday's meet, Driggers posted a time of 34-07.00 feet in the triple jump, while Paulina Vo (Braintree, Mass.) finished with a final distance of 33-02.00 feet. 


The Beacons will return to action tomorrow when a group travel to the Wheaton College Invitational.