NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the first time in program history sophomore All-American Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) has been named the USTFCCCA Division III Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Head coach Consandria Walker-Hall became the first coach in program history to be named the Division III Indoor Women's Coach of the Year.
Jonathas, who was named the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year last spring, becomes the first athlete in UMass Boston history to be named a two-time national athlete of the year. The native of Haiti earned the major honor after putting together one of the most impressive performances ever at the Indoor National Championship meet last week. The four-time champion, helped the Beacons to win their first Division III National title in over 30 years. She became just the second athlete in the history of the Division III championship, to ever win four events in one championship (long jump, 60m, 200m, 400m). In all three track events, Jonathas set either a new Division III national or championship meet record. The All-Region Track Athlete of the Year, Jonathas broke record-after-record in 2017-18 on her way to becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in all of NCAA sports today.
Walker-Hall becomes just the second head coach in UMass Boston to earn National Coach of the Year honors. In 2016 head men's ice hockey Peter Belisle was named the AHCA Co-Coach of the Year, after leading the Beacons to their first-ever NCAA Frozen Four. Under Walker-Halls tutelage the Beacons have once again become the most impressive programs in Division III track and field. The national championship marked the fifth in the history of UMass Boston athletics, all of which were track and field titles. During her time on the harbor campus, she has seen more program records fall than other coach in UMB track and field history, as well as seeing more athletes earn All-Region and All-America honors during her tenure.