WESTFIELD, Mass. – UMass Boston track and field had a program best day at the 2017 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet hosted by Westfield State University. For the first time ever both program earned a third place finish respectively, while also winning a program record 10 gold medals Saturday afternoon.
Men's – 3rd out of 7 teams
Women's – 3rd out of 7 teams
HOW IT HAPPENED
Highlighted by a program record six gold medals by Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti), the Beacons set a total of four meet records. Jonathas brought home hardware after winning the 100-, 200-, 400-meter dashes as well as the long jump. She was also a member of the first place 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays as well.
In the 100-meter dash, Jonathas recorded a new program record time of 11.77 seconds, while in the 200 she tripped the sensor with another PR as she recorded a time of 23.79 seconds. In the 400 her time clocked in at an impressive 56.47 seconds.
Jonathas, along with Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) and Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) owned the 4x100 as the four sprinters posted a combined time of 47.06 seconds. In the 4x4 Bean, Burnes, Jonathas, and Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) dominated the field with their time of 3:59.94 seconds, defeating the closest team by three seconds.
In the long jump, Jonathas finished with a leap of 18-03.25 feet to win the event, while Driggers closed out the event with a final jump of 17-08.75 feet to take third overall. Driggers would also finish in third place in the triple jump with a leap of 36-08.50 feet.
For the men's squad Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) posted a new meet record and program record in the 100-meter dash with his time of 10.69 seconds. He nearly grabbed a second program record, on his way to an LEC gold medal in the 200-meter dash. With a time of 22.13 seconds, the Pittsfield native finished .06 seconds away from matching the program record.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team had perhaps the best showing of any men's relay team at Saturday's championship. Garth Miriyoga (Johannesburg, South Africa), Bless Amedoadzi (Boston, Mass.), Stefan Powell (Hyde Park, Mass.), and Nda recorded a new meet and program record time of 41.31 seconds to move into sixth place in the country.
In the discus throw, Jason Bigler (Tyngsborough, Mass.) won his first LEC gold medal with a throw of 136-04 feet.
Also, finishing in the top-5 in the men's 100-meter dash was Miriyoga and Amedoadzi as the two recorded final times of 10.94 and 11.04 seconds. Adrian Higgins (Milton, Mass.) also walked away with a program record on Saturday, as he broke the record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.52 seconds. The previous record had stood since 1997 and was set by John Putman at 56:38. In the 5,000-meter run Jeffrey Noyes (Weymouth, Mass.) finished in third with a time of 16:25.26.
The Beacons will return to action next Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet, which will be hosted by Williams College.