LA CROSSE, Wis. – After the first day of competition at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field championship, the third-ranked women's track and field team sits 13th overall with a combined seven points Thursday afternoon on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
No. 3 Women's – 13th out of 32 teams (7 points)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the Beacons scheduled to compete in four separate events, the 2018 defending indoor championship quickly made their presence known.
In the prelims of the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays, the Beacons sprinters dominated both fields to qualify for the finals. In the 4x1 the Beacons recorded the second fastest time as they tripped the sensor with a time of 46.93 seconds. That time was the fastest amongst the New England relay teams, with the only other team from New England coming out of the Little East Conference in Rhode Island College. The two conference rivals will face each other in the finals.
From there the team of Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti), Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.), and Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.) closed out the afternoon with a time of 3:48.54 to finish in sixth place in the 4x400 to qualify in the finals, setting-up a very busy Saturday for the sprinters.
Jonathas was also in action in the prelims in the 200-meter dash, which proved to be an easy test for the All-American. With a time of 23.71 seconds, Jonathas finished 1.1 seconds ahead of the closest competitor.
In the only scoring event that the Beacons competed in, the long jump, Jonathas and Driggers looked to get UMB's championship off to a solid start. The duo finished in fifth and sixth place respectively. Jonathas finished with a jump of 19-02.00 feet, while Driggers finished with a jump of 19-00.75 feet in her final long jump event of her standout college career.
Now that they have qualified for the finals, the 4x100 will now compete on Saturday in the finals at 1:15 pm (EST) on Saturday. The 4x400 will be in action at 5:00 pm (EST) on Saturday, in what could be the biggest event of the entire championship for UMB. The finals of the 200 will begin at 3:50 pm (EST) on Saturday as well.
Jonathas will be the lone Beacon in action tomorrow as she is set to compete in the prelims of the 400-meter dash. That event will start at 5:15 pm (EST).