PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced the 2018 women's track & field major award winners Wednesday following a vote of the league's head coaches.
UMass Boston sophomore Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) was named the LEC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning the LEC and New England Alliance (NEA) titles in the 100-meter dash (11.99), 200-meter dash (23.99) and 400-meter dash (55.80), and the winning 4x400 meter relay that posted a meet record time of 3:50.95. She currently owns the nation's top performance 100 (11.41), 200 (23.14) and 400 (53.18), and ranks second in the long jump (5.92m). Her top 100 and 200 times this season set new NCAA Division III outdoor records.
LEC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honors went to UMass Boston senior Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) after she won the long jump (5.60m) and the triple jump (11.82m) at the LEC and NEA Outdoor Championships. Those marks set new LEC records. Her performances in the triple jump (12.14m) and long jump (5.77m) at the New England Division III Championships rank her second and eighth in the country, respectively.
LEC Outdoor Field Rookie of the Year and LEC Outdoor Rookie Track Athlete of the Year honors Rhode Island College freshmen Chelsea Yang (Warwick, R.I.) and Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, R.I.). Yang won the LEC and NEA titles in the hammer throw with her toss of 52.69 meters, while her mark of 53.34 meters at the Silfen Invitational ranks 11th in the country. Cousineau won the LEC title and placed fifth in the NEA in the 10,000-meter run (41:51.62) while placing seventh in the conference and eighth overall in the 5,000-meter run (20:21.89) at the Alliance meet.
LEC Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year was presented to Rhode Island College. Head coach Timothy Rudd, and assistant coaches Chris Fernandes and Autumn Wosencroft led the Anchorwomen to their first LEC outdoor title since 1999, ending a run of 18 consecutive league championships for Southern Maine, and a runner-up finish in the New England Alliance standings.