BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The fifth ranked women's track and field team earned a fourth-place finish overall behind six first place finishes at the 2018 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet Saturday afternoon at Bridgewater State University.
Women's – 4th out of 7 teams (98 points)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Behind a pair of first place finishes by Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.), three first place finishes by Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti), and a first-place finish by the 4x400-meter relay team, the Beacons set a new program record for the most medals won at a single championship.
The six medals broke the original mark set last season, when the Beacons won five, including three from Jonathas alone.
Driggers posted the top distances in the triple and long jumps. The Connecticut native posted a jump of 38-09.50 feet in the triple, while in the long the senior finished with a leap of 18-04.50 feet.
Jonathas continued her career as one of the most decorated athletes ever to compete at the conference championship, as she won the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes. In the 100, the sophomore posted a time of 11.99 seconds in the final, after qualifying with a time of a 11.86 seconds. In the 200, Jonathas registered a time of 23.29 seconds, while in the 400 she finished with a time of 55.80 seconds.
In the 4x400-meter relay the team of Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.), Driggers, and Jonathas recorded a time of 3:50.95 which set a new Alliance Meet Record in the process. That time also catapulted the Beacons into the top-5 in the country.
Jonathas also grabbed a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-07.00 feet, while Driggers sprinted her way to a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.70 seconds. Bean earned fifth in the 200 with a time of 26.72, with Driggers finishing in sixth with a time of 26.84.
The 4x100-meter relay team sprinted their way to second place with a time of 48.38. Samantha Myrtil (Revere, Mass.) was the lone thrower for the Beacons as she recorded a sixth-place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of 105-01 feet. Lauren Olton (Stoneham, Mass.) earned ninth place finish in the high jump with a leap of 4-08.75 feet.
The Beacons will travel to MIT next Friday and Saturday for the NCAA Regional Championship meet.