BIRMINGHAM – The UMass Boston women's track & field team captured the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship after totaling 46 points over the past two days at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Beacons closest competitor was Williams College, which finished second with 37 points
This is UMass Boston's fourth women's indoor track & field national title, and its first since 1987; it won three straight indoor national titles from 1985-87. UMB also has the 1986 outdoor national title to its credit.
Beacons' sophomore Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) capped off her historic 2017-18 indoor season by winning four individual national titles, starting with her first-place finish in the long jump (5.94m) Friday. She then crossed the finish line first in the 60- (7.41), 200- (24.07) and 400-meter (54.28) dash events Saturday, making her just the second individual to claim four indoor championships in one season
Jonathas recorded new Division III Championship meet records in each of her three sprint events. Her marks of 7.40 seconds in the 60 and 23.90 seconds in the 200 in Friday's prelims and today's 400 time are the new championship meet standard. She broke her own Division III national record in the 60 during the prelims, and set a new DIII national record in the 200 prelims.
UMass Boston senior Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) also earned All-America honors in the long jump, placing third overall with a leap of 5.70 meters, giving the Beacons' two of the top-three performers in that event. Rhode Island College freshman Chelsea Yang (Warwick, R.I.) recorded an All-America finish in the weight throw with her program-record toss of 17.74 meters that placed her fourth overall, while University of Southern Maine sophomore Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) finished 16th in the triple jump after clearing 11.18 meters.
1. UMass Boston - 46 points
2. Williams – 37 points
3. Ohio Northern – 30 points
41. Rhode Island College – 5 points