WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—In their final chance to improve their seeding and potentially earn a spot at Nationals, UMass Boston Outdoor Track & Field posted some big performances at the NEICAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
After running top-three times in the history of Division III in the 100M and 200M last weekend at Williams College, Jonathas set her sights at her best distance: the 400 meter dash.
The freshman paced the field in Friday's preliminaries by running the fastest time in Division III this season at 54.39. In Saturday's finals, Jonathas finished second overall with a career-best time of 54.01 seconds, .67 seconds faster than the next-best Division III runner this year. The time of 54.01 seconds was the eighth-fastest in Division III history, with the two fastest times coming at Nationals by alums Genesia Eddins ('88) and Hulerie McGuffie ('16).
Overall on the weekend, Jonathas cut off 1.49 seconds from her best 400M time in Outdoor Track & Field this spring.
Jonathas also finished second overall in the 200M. She ran the fastest time in preliminaries on Friday with a 23.84, which is tied for the eighth fastest time in DIII history. In Saturday's final, Jonathas turned in a 24.34, which was good enough for second in a heat of all Division I and II athletes.
Driggers tacked on her best long jump of the season. The junior turned in a leap of 17-11.75 to earn sixth place overall, and second amongst DIII competitors.
The final Beacons to earn points in this weekend's competition were the women's 4x100M relay, with Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.) and Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) joining Jonathas and Driggers. With the Beacons slotted in the third and final section, UMass Boston turned in a time of 47.96 seconds, which was the third fastest time in their heat and overall.
UMass Boston women's team finished 12th overall with their 25 points, but third amongst Division III teams. The Beacons who are ranked ninth overall nationally, finished just behind MIT (52 points) and Williams College (42.50 points)
On the men's side, junior sprinters Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Garth Miriyoga (Johannesburg, South Africa) both competed in Friday's preliminaries. Miriyoga put together the best showing with a 10.97 second sprint in the 100M dash.
The Beacons will be off this week, before they find out what athletes qualify for the 2017 Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in Geneva, Ohio.