NEW ORLEANS – A pair of Little East Conference (LEC) indoor track & field student-athletes have received regional athlete of the year honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in recognition of their outstanding indoor seasons entering this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships. UMass Dartmouth senior Jared Louf-Woods (Salem, Mass.) was named the New England Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while UMass Boston sophomore Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) was named the New England Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
Jonathas has enjoyed perhaps the most successful season in Division III history, having set the Division III record in the 60-meter dash (7.43) and 400-meter dash (53.70) this season. She also owns the top-time in the nation in the 200-meter dash (24.69) this season, in addition to holding the top mark in the long jump (6.28m) this season.
The 2018 LEC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year won the conference and New England Alliance (NEA) title in the 60, 200 and 400 this season, and won additional gold medals as a member of the Beacons' LEC and NEA champion 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Louf-Woods is having a career-year as a senior. He led the nation for much of the season in the weight throw and will enter this weekend's national championships ranked third with his career-best mark of 19.23 meters. He also ranked 15th in the country this season in the shot put with a career-best toss of 16.23 meters, making him the only male thrower from the New England region to rank in the top-15 nationally in both events.
Louf-Woods repeated as LEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning both the conference and NEA championships in the shot put and weight throw at the Alliance championships with those aforementioned distances. He set new LEC and NEA records in both events, and his mark in the weight throw ranked him No. 1 in the country following the Alliance meet.
The 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place March 9-10 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham Southern College and the Birmingham CrossPlex will serve as hosts of this year's national championships.