SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's outdoor track & field teams recorded five NCAA national meet provisional qualifying standards alongside three event victories and one school record over the weekend during the NCAA Division III New England Championship, which came to an end on Saturday at Springfield College's Blake Track.
The women turned in a fifth-place showing among 26 competing teams, as Wheaton scored 57 points, while the men finished 12th in a 26-squad field with 28.5 points. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champ Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claimed the women's title, while Williams College was the victor for the men.
Freshman Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) had a hand in two NCAA provisional marks and a pair of event triumphs. She bested the competition in the triple jump with a provisional distance of 38' 7 3/4" while joining junior Renee Thompson (Hartford, CT/Weaver), sophomore Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) and freshman twin sister Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) on the top 4x100M relay team, clocking in with a provisional time of 48.62, which was 0.34 seconds shy of the all-time Division III New England Championship record set by Wheaton in 1998.
Mickey Jusme nearly notched a third provisional mark when she landed a long jump of 17' 11", which was 1/2" short of a provisional standard and good for third place. Also taking third was senior Morgan Jamiel (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate), who totaled 3,764 points in the heptathlon, just 25 points behind the runner up.
Thompson turned in a pair of top-five finishes, taking fourth in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Erin Neville (North Providence, RI/La Salle Academy) secured fourth place in the high jump, coming within 3/4" of an NCAA standard at 5' 4 1/4", as did freshman Tope Waheed (East Providence, RI/East Providence) in the hammer throw. Waheed's heave of 152' was seven inches shy of provisional qualification.
Junior Howard Powell (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls) paced the men with the top finish and an NCAA provisional time of 14.77 in the 110-meter hurdles, while senior Michael Wright (Baldwin, NY/Uniondale) and freshman Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy), who each qualified provisionally in the 100-meter dash preliminaries, went two-three in the event finals. Wright's trials time of 10.71 nipped an eight-year-old school record held by Lance Wagner '04 by 0.01 ticks, while Robinson finished in 10.73.
Wheaton's 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of senior Brian Dundon (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield), sophomore Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) and first-year athletes Kyle Ricci (Warwick, RI/Bishop Hendricken) and Dylan Treivush (Beverly Hills, CA/Harvard-Westlake School), placed fifth, while Williamson tied for eighth in the 400-meter dash.
Wheaton continues its championship slate next weekend during the two-day All New England Championship at the University of Massachusetts.