MIAMI, Fla. – Against some of the top athletes in all of college athletics, the second-ranked women's track and field team got their outdoor season off to a great start with a pair of record setting performances Saturday afternoon at the Miami University Hurricane Invitational.
#2 Women's – No Team Result
HOW IT HAPPENED
Getting her outdoor season off to a tremendous start was sophomore All-American, and the reigning USTFCCCA Outdoor and Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) who broke own Division III record in the 200-meter dash. Jonathas tripped the sensor with a time of 23.29 seconds to beat 66 other sprinters, which featured mostly D1 athletes.
Also having a record setting performance was Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) who broke a program record in the triple jump, which had stood since 1986. The Connecticut native registered a final jump of 39-05.00 feet to finish in third place.
In the long jump, Paulina Vo (Braintree, Mass.) finished with a leap of 13-06.00 feet, while in the triple jump she posted a final distance of 33-05.25 feet. The 100-meter hurdles saw Olivia Volante (Groton, Mass.) post a team-best time of 17.53 seconds, while Vo finished with a time of 18.14 seconds. Volante also finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.07.
The 400-meter dash was led by Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), who recorded a time of 1:00.25 to earn 25th place overall. Burnes completed the event with a time of 1:02.04, while Angie VandenBoom (Foxboro, Mass.) recorded a time of 1:03.99.
Also competing in the 200 was Driggers, who finished with a time of 25.93. Bean registered a time of 26.16 seconds, while Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) (27.08), VandenBoom (28.20), and Volante (29.58) also competed in the event.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Bean, Jonathas, Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.), and Driggers posted an eighth-place finish overall after registering a time of 49.23 seconds.
The Beacons will be back in action next Saturday when they compete at the Bridgewater State University Invitational.