Sophomore Wadeline Jonathas won four individual titles to lead the UMass Boston women's track and field team to a fifth national title at the 2018 Indoor National Championship in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday. With a combined 46 points, the Beacons earned their first title in 31 years—since 1987.
After winning the long jump on Friday, Jonathas won the 60-meters, the 200-meters, and 400-meters on Saturday, becoming only the second female athlete in Division III history to win four solo national titles in a single meet. The management major from Gonaïves, Haiti set a meet record in the 400-meters on Saturday with a time of 54.28 seconds.
"It is awesome to watch our young student-athletes perform with laser focus and determination," said Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus. "Understanding all the hard work and sacrifice that took place in order to get to this opportunity to pursue their dreams—winning a national championship."
"We are extremely proud of the way our students have represented themselves and this university on such a national stage. They withstood the pressure and, in so doing, added their names to the Beacon and NCAA history books," said Interim Chancellor Barry Mills.
Prior to this weekend, Jonathas had won three national titles in indoor and outdoor track.