PAWTUCKET, R.I. – After a standout indoor season, senior Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) and sophomore Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) have been named the Little East Conference Field Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Year.
With the honor, Driggers becomes the first Beacon to earn the Field Athlete of the Year accolade, and the first athlete to ever earn the major award in both indoor and outdoors. Jonathas became the second Beacon in program history to be named the Track Athlete of the Year.
During her senior season, Driggers quickly established new personal bests. She is currently ranked fourth in the country in the long jump (18-11.75 ft), while also sitting 21st in Division III in the triple jump (37-10.00 ft). At the conference championship meet, Driggers set a new Little East meet record and was a New England Alliance Champion with a leap of 18-11.75 feet. This year, she has recorded leaps of 18 feet or better three times in the long jump. In the triple jump, she leads the Beacons with three of the team's top jumps. On top of her season best jump of 37-10, she also finished the NCAA New England Regional Championship meet with a leap of 37-04 feet to finish in fourth place.
Jonathas' sophomore season has been one for the record books. The NCAA Division III record holder in both the 60-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, Jonathas currently leads the country in the 60, 200, and 400. At the conference championship, she won an indoor program record five gold medals. She also set meet records in the 60- and 200-meter dashes respectively. She helped the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams to gold medals, New England Alliance championships, and a new meet record in the 4x2.