KINGSTON, R.I. – Freshman standout Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) picked-up the lone first place finish for the track and field teams Saturday afternoon at the University of Rhode Island Coaches Tribute Indoor Meet.
Men's – 13th out of 13 teams
Women's – 9th out of 14 teams
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the native of Haiti, Jonathas posted a time of 57.42 seconds to win the 400-meter dash. She defeated her closest competitor by more than two seconds in Saturday's meet. With the her time, Jonathas now sits second in the country behind Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jessie Reineck, who currently leads the country with a time of 57.39 seconds.
Also having a strong meet was Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.), who finished in third place in the long jump with a distance of 17-11.50 feet. To date, Driggers sits tied for 16th in the country in the long jump, with her season best distance marked at 18-00.25 feet, which she recorded at the Tufts Invite on January 14.
On the men's side, junior Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to qualify for the finals in the 60-meter dash. He posted a time of 7.15 seconds in the prelims, and would close out Saturday's meet with a final time of 7.07 seconds to earn seventh overall.
Patrick Boua (Pittsfield, Mass.) notched a 12th place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.00 seconds, and also earned a time of 23.47 seconds in the 200 meter dash. Cameron Chase (Lutz, Fla.) continues his strong indoor season as he collected a 12th place finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:12.13.
Thrower and two-time Little East Conference Rookie Field Athlete of the Week Jacob Hirtle (Hingham, Mass.) recorded a throw of 43-09.25 feet in the shot put to earn 11th place overall. He also finished in the top-15 in the weight throw with his final throw marked at 45-10.00 feet.
The Beacons will be back in action next Saturday when they compete at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Indoor Championship meet hosted by the University of Southern Maine.