|Wadeline Jonathas is only the second female athlete in NCAA Division III history to win four solo national titles in a single meet.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com
Mass-Boston won its fifth indoor track title and its first since 1986 as sophomore Wadeline Jonathas won the national title in the 60M, the 400M and 200M as well as the long jump. Those performances, along with a third-place performance by Taylor Driggers in the long jump worth six points, accounted for the entirety of the 46 points the Beacons needed to win the 2018 Division III women's indoor track national title.
2018 women's indoor track standings
|3. Ohio Northern||30|
|4. Nebraska Wesleyan||27|
Jonathas alone outpointed Williams and the rest of the field.
Sheila Trice, who won four national solo titles for Christopher Newport in 1989, is the only other female athlete in Division III to win four in a single meet.
Jonathas, a seven-time national champion, started her Saturday in the women's 60M finals. After a decent start out of the blocks, Jonathas pulled away in the middle portion of the race to cruise to a time of 7.41 seconds. The 10 points pushed Mass-Boston up from fourth place to second place with 26 overall points.
Jonathas was back on the track 50 minutes later for her best race: the 400M finals.
With the first heat putting up their best times in the low 55s, Jonathas took the track knowing all she had to do was win her heat. She sprinted out from lane five into the early lead and extended her lead to several meters over the rest of the field. From there, Jonathas blitzed down the final straightaway for a time of 54.28 seconds. Jonathas' time broke her previous meet record time set on Friday and gave UMass Boston their first lead of the day with 36 total team points.
Jonathas took the track for the sixth and final time 50 minutes after her meet record time in the 400M finals. This time, she stepped up in the 200M finals.
Once again she had the benefit of running in heat two, with two of the fastest runners in the finals posting times under 25 seconds. Jonathas wasn't going to let anything get in the way of her making history. She started in lane five once again and sped past the outside runner. From there, Jonathas got up to her top speed and crushed the runners on the inside to finish in 24.07 seconds.
Jonathas' final 10 points of the day put the Beacons ahead of the rest of the field by 13 points. From there, Mass-Boston had to sweat it out, as there were still two track events to go.
Williams, which finished second overall at the meet, scored most of its points in the high jump. Helene Hall, Emma Egan, and Summer-Solstice Thomas scored 19 cumulative points in the event. Thomas jumped well under pressure, making two third attempt clearances at 1.68 meters and 1.71 meters to clinch fourth place. Egan did the same at a slightly higher bar, soaring over 1.74 meters on her third jump to place third. Hall had a clear card up until the 1.74 meter bar, which she missed once. On her second attempt, however, she had such a powerful takeoff that she cleared the bar with ease. She placed second, behind winner Cirrus Robinson of Ohio Wesleyan, on misses.