GENEVA, OHIO—Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) put together one of the most dominant performances in the history of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet on Saturday afternoon at the SPIRE Institute.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The freshman sprinter not only won the National Titles in the 200M and 400M, but set a pair of Division III records in the process.
A day after tying the UMass Boston, Division III and National Championship record in the 400M in Friday's preliminaries, Jonathas took off an additional 0.64 seconds on Saturday.
The freshman, who started in lane five, sped past the four outside runners and was out to a huge lead by the conclusion of the opening 200M. She kept the pace going and then pushed herself across the finish line for a record-shattering time of 52.81 seconds.
Ninety minutes later Jonathas took the track looking to win her first career title in the 200M. Facing off against Amber Celen, who won the Indoor National Title, Jonathas again got off to a swift start and found herself ahead of a tight pack. At the end of the turn, Jonathas pushed the pace even faster and cruised to yet another record-setting time. When the final results flashed on the stadium scoreboard, Jonathas had broken her own D3 record with a time of 23.57 seconds.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Jonathas becomes the first Beacon to win multiple national individual titles at the same meet since Genesia Eddins ('88) won the 400M and 800M national titles at the 1987 Outdoor National Championship Meet.
- With her two titles on Saturday, Jonathas ends her freshman campaign as a three-time National Champion and four-time All-American.
- In the month of May, Jonathas improved her time from 55.50 seconds entering the month to 52.81. Just in the last three weeks, Jonathas took off nearly two seconds and she beat her record-tying time from Saturday (53.45) by 0.64 seconds.
- Jonathas' time of 52.81 seconds at 400M was 1.98 seconds faster then the next closest competitor. Her time ranks second in Division II this year and tied for 29th in Division I.
- She won the 200M title by breaking her own Division III record time of 23.67 seconds. Jonathas defeated Celen, who finished in second, by 0.30 seconds. Celen and Jonathas had finished 1-2 at the 2017 Indoor Track & Field Championships.