Jonathas Matches All-Time Record In 400M Dash On Day 2 of NCAA Championship

Jonathas Matches All-Time Record In 400M Dash On Day 2 of NCAA Championship

GENEVA, Ohio – In perhaps the most dominating performance in the history of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship, freshman sprinter Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) matched the all-time record in the 400-meter dash prelims Friday afternoon at the SPIRE Institute.

HOW IT HAPPENED

With a time of 53.45 seconds, the freshman All-American matched UMass Boston great Genesia Eddins who has held the record since the 1988 championship meet.  With her performance on Friday, Jonathas now owns the all-time records in Division III track and field in two events, making her the first sprinter to ever achieve that career milestone.

She also joined an elite group of UMass Boston sprinters in the 400-meter dash.  UMB now owns the three fastest times ever recorded in the event, as Hulerie McGuffie '16 sits third all-time after posting a time of 53.55 seconds at the 2016 Outdoor Championship meet.

WHAT'S NEXT

Jonathas will now compete in the finals of the 400- and 200-meter dashes tomorrow at 1:10 pm and 2:40 pm.