GORHAM, Maine – Led by Wadeline Jonathas' (Gonaives, Haiti) program record four gold medals the track and field teams had a tremendous showing at the 2017 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet hosted by the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Jonathas' record setting day consisted of first place finishes in the 200-meter dash (25.15), high jump (5-01.75), and long jump (18-03.25). The native of Haiti's time in the 200 now stands as a new program record, and was also a new Alliance Championship record as well. She was also a part of the 4x200 meter relay team that posted a combined time of 1:45.25 to set a new MASCAC record. Joining Jonathas on the 4x2 was Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.), Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.) and Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.).
On the men's side, Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) collected another gold medal for the Beacons as he won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.49 seconds. Jason Bigler (Tyngsborough, Mass.) grabbed a second place finish for the men's team in the shot put with a toss of 44-09.50 feet.
For the women's team, Sarah Morenz (Dunstable, Mass.) set the program record in the weight throw with a toss of 42-08.25 feet to earn fifth place overall. In the 5,000 meter run, Patriciah Mulinge (Brockton, Mass.) earned a second place finish with a time of 19:30.21.
Not only did she win a gold medal in the 4x200, but Driggers was also in the top-3 in triple jump (36-00.75) and the long jump (17-09.75). In the 400-meter dash, Burnes posted a time of 1:02.94 to earn a fifth place finish overall.
In the men's 600-meter run, Adrian Higgins (Milton, Mass.) posted a third place finish with a time of 1:26.28, while in the 3,000 meter run Cameron Chase (Lutz, Fla.) recorded a time of 9:01.05 to earn second place.
The men's 4x200 meter relay of Nda, Patrick Boua (Pittsfield, Mass.), Garth Miriyoga (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Kelly Desane recorded a combined time of 1:32.26 to take second place. In the 4x800 Prosper Lubega (Watertown, Mass.), Higgins, Rokas Piragis (Brockton, Mass.), and Terry Williams (Saint Mary's, Ga.) finished in fourth place with a time of 8:27.36.
In the high jump Ricardo Maldonado (Revere, Mass.) took fourth overall with a leap of 6-00.00 feet. Hirtle also collected a third place finish in the shot put with a throw of 44-08.00 feet, while Julian Collins (Asheville, N.C.) took fifth in the weight throw with a final toss of 42-06.75 feet.
The Beacons will be in action this Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Division III Regional championship, hosted by MIT.