NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Each of the eight regions honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes, and the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.
Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.
Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.
USTFCCCA WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Wadeline Jonathas – UMass Boston
Jonathas, a freshman from Worcester, Massachusetts, notched the fastest 200 meter time in NCAA DIII history at 23.67. On the season, not only does she own the top time on the Descending Order List in that event, but she also has the fastest 100 meter time on the season at 11.59, which also sits high on the NCAA DIII all-time chart. At the conference meet, Jonathas won the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay championships on the track.
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Consandria Walker-Hall – UMass Boston
Walker-Hall, in her seventh year with the program, has a dominant sprint group that includes freshman Wadeline Jonathas who enters the national meet as the top seed in both the 200 and 400 meters. Her team finished fifth in the DIII New England meet this spring. UMass Boston ranks 16th in the nation.
USTFCCCA TRACK AND FIELD ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
NEW ENGLAND REGION – Hamza Abdul – UMass Boston
Abdul, in his 1st year with the program, helped guide the Beacons who are ranked 16th in the latest USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. He oversaw the development of Wadeline Jonathas, who clocked the fastest time in NCAA DIII history over 200 meters and two of the fastest times over 100 and 400 meters.