NCAA Honors for Local Collegians

3/13/2018
 
Elinor Purrier and Wadeline Jonathas paced the All-American efforts of several USATF New England based student-athletes at the three divisional national collegiate (NCAA) championships last weekend. 
 
Purrier, a senior at the University of New Hampshire, won an exciting mile in 4:31.76 at the Division 1 meet. She had entered the meet with the nation's top collegiate time.  Placing sixth in the same race was Millie Paladino of Providence, clocking 4:34.93.  Michael Shanahan, also from UNH, placed 7th in the weight throw, spinning a personal best 72-8.5; he's the first local thrower in a number of years to achieve D1 All-American status.   New England HS record holder Kate Hall (Casco ME/Maine association), representing Georgia, won the long jump at 22-1. 
 
The top place by locals in the Division 2 meet was a fifth in the men's distance medley relay by Stonehill College in a school record 9:49.12, as conference rival American International College was one place behind.  Destiney Coward of Southern Connecticut State (Connecticut association) won the weight throw in 68-2.5.
 
At the NCAA Division 3 meet, UMass Boston sophomore Jonathas (USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for May 2017) earned enough points to win the meet by herself, acing the 60 (7.41), 200 (24.07), and 400 (54.28) - all in meet records - and the long jump (19'6").  Teammate Taylor Driggers placed fourth in the long jump, helping the Beacons to their first national title in 30 years. 
 
Three other USATF-NE areas competitors made the top of the Division 3 podium. Emily Bryson of Brandeis won the 3000 9:33.99, a time among the top 10 D3 times ever.  She also anchored the Judges' third place distance medley relay team.  A pair of Tufts athletes were the remaining local winners; Brittany Bowman in the 5000 (16:31.32) and Stefan Duvivier in the high jump (7'2.5").   Bowdoin College (Brunswick ME) was the women's distance medley relay victor (11:37.18).