PAWTUCKET, R.I. – For the second straight year the duo of Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) and Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) have earned top honors from the Little East Conference, as Driggers was named the Field Athlete of the Year, while Jonathas collected Track Athlete of the Year honors.
In the 2018 outdoor season, Driggers and Jonathas were a one-two punch for the nationally-ranked women's track and field program. The Beacons, who are ranked third on the most recent USTFCCCA poll, will look to lead UMB to their second straight national championship next week in Wisconsin.
Driggers, who was a multiple gold medal recipient at the Little East Conference championship meet, will look to close an incredible career with even more hardware. The All-American jumper sits as the program record holder in the triple jump with an impressive distance of 39-10.00 feet. In the long jump her best jump of the 2018 campaign came at the NEICAAA Outdoor Championship when she recorded a distance of 18-09.00 feet. In total she has recorded four jumps all over 18 feet this season, which is a new career best for the Connecticut native. In the triple jump, she has recorded two jumps this season at 39+ feet, while she also sits with a leap of 38-09.50 feet which she recorded at the conference championship.
For Jonathas, her sophomore outdoor season continues to stand was one of the greatest in Division III track and field history. The national record holder in multiple events, the native of Haiti has rewrote the program record book in 2018. Dominant at the Little East Conference championship, Jonathas has won multiple regional championships, as she prepares to compete in five events at the national championship in Wisconsin. A multi-time USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Week award winner, Jonathas currently leads the country in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.