Jonathas Set 60-meter Record One Week After 400-meter Record
UMass Boston has risen from No. 9 to No. 6 in this week’s NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings, in large part to the record-setting performance of sophomore business major Wadeline Jonathas.
One week after breaking the national Division III record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.70, on Saturday at the NEICAAA Regional Championship Jonathas broke the Division III record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43. Also on Saturday, Jonathas posted a program and meet record in the long jump, with a distance of 20-07.25 feet.
Jonathas has had a stellar season, a year after winning three national titles. She has earned a conference weekly honor every week since the start of the 2017-18 indoor season. Her most recent honor came on Monday, when she was named the Little East Track and Field Athlete of the Week. On Tuesday, Jonathas was named the USTFCCCA Division III Track Athlete of the Week for the fourth consecutive time. She is the only athlete in the country to earn the national weekly award four times this season at any level.
Head Coach Consandria Walker says Jonathas is focused on the success of the whole team.
“She is focused on the team’s success as a whole until it is time to focus on her individual goals toward the end of the spring season,” Walker said.
Walker credits the athletes and the coaching staff for the strong showing so far.
“The dedication and passion of our staff and athletes creates a successful and healthy team culture,” Walker said.
The Beacons will look to keep building on their impressive indoor season at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet on Saturday, February 10.
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