BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UMass Boston sophomore Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) claimed the title in the long jump and was the four Little East Conference (LEC) student-athletes to earn All-America honors on the first day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Birmingham Southern College and the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Jonathas won the long jump after clearing 5.94 meters, while Beacons' senior Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) also earned All-America honors with her third-place leap of 5.70 meters.
A pair of LEC competitors earned All-America honors in the weight throw Friday. UMass Dartmouth senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) placed fourth on the men's side with his toss of 19.16 meters, while Rhode Island College freshman Chelsea Yang (Warwick, R.I.) placed fourth in the women's side with her program-record toss of 17.74 meters, which was just 0.02 meters back of the third-place finisher.
Jonathas also advanced to Saturday's finals while setting new NCAA Division III Championship meet records in the in the 60- (7.40), 200- (23.90) and 400-meter dash (54.50). She broke her own national record in the 60-meter dash by three-hundredths of the second, and set a new Division III record in the 200, besting the previous mark of 24.15 seconds.
UMass Boston senior Dominic Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) advanced to Saturday's 60-meter dash finals after crossing the finish line in 6.90 seconds during Friday's prelims. UMass Dartmouth sophomore George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) will run in the 800-meter final Saturday after placing fourth in the prelims with his time of 1:52.54.
University of Southern Maine freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine) finished 14th in in the 800 in 1:54.26, which was 1.13 seconds back of the eighth-place finisher and a berth in the finals. Plymouth State University junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) finished 13th in the mile run with his time of 4:14.67; he was 0.98 back of the last qualifying spot for Saturday's final.
Saturday's competition will also see Plymouth State junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) compete in the 3,000-Meter Run, and Southern Maine sophomore Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) compete in the triple jump.
UMass Boston ranks third in the women's team standing with 16 points, placing the Beacon's two back of second place Ithaca College and three points back of first place Washington (Mo.) University. UMass Dartmouth is tied for 15th in the men's standing with five points.