UMass Boston freshman runs away with national title
UMass Boston freshman Wadeline Jonathas wants to be CEO of a company one day, but there’s no doubt she’s already in charge on the track.
This weekend in Naperville, Illinois, the Little East Indoor Rookie Field and Track Athlete of the Year secured her first national title, winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.60. Jonathas is the first freshman in program history to win a national title at the indoor championship, and the first Beacon ever to be named the Little East Indoor Rookie Field and Track Athlete of the Year in the same season.
“I knew I had the potential of doing well if I focused on how I trained over the past few months,” Jonathas said. “I am honored to represent the people that believe in me and support me behind the scenes, like [Assistant] Coach Hamza [Abdul].”
With Jonathas’s victory, UMass Boston has won back-to-back national titles in this event. Hulerie McGuffie ‘16 took the top prize last year at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship Meet. McGuffie also won the outdoor 400-meter dash title last season. Head Coach Consandria Walker-Hall has coached both women.
“I am humbled, yet proud, for the honor of coaching back-to-back national champions in the 400 meters. It also presents new challenges for our program to keep it going. Our athletes make a lot of sacrifices and work hard, so I'm very happy when they are one step closer to their goals,” Walker-Hall said.
Jonathas, who is originally from Gonaives, Haiti, now moves to the outdoor season, which begins this week.
“My goals for the spring season are to continue to train hard, learn, and more importantly, to be me,” she said.
As for her goals off the track, Jonathas will be applying to the business management program at the end of the semester, putting her in position to realize her career goal of becoming a CEO.