Men finish as top Division III squad at All New England meet, women 12th
BOSTON, MA- The Wheaton College men proved to be the top Division III indoor track & field team during the two-day All New England Championship at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center, as the Lyons finished Saturday's competition in 11th overall, while the women came in 12th among Division III schools and 28th overall.
Behind NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standards in three events coupled with one school record, the men recorded 21 points and were one shy of the top 10. The women notched four points and were four short of tying for 19th.
Sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) continued his successful winter by twice posting provisional standards in the 55-meter dash, including 6.44 in the trials before placing fifth in the finals in 6.45. He was the second Division III runner to cross the finish line. Robinson also led off for a 4x400M relay team that was a mere 0.83 ticks shy of a provisional mark.
Joining Robinson during the relay, which finished in 3:19.83, were junior Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston) and freshmen Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) and Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, ME/Gray-New Gloucester).
Senior Howard Powell (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls) and junior Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) turned in Wheaton's other two provisional times in the 55M hurdles and 400M dash, respectively. Williamson was the fastest Division III runner in 48.80, good for fifth overall, while Powell posted the top Division III time of 7.66 and finished seventh after running 7.65 in the trials.
Junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) broke the four-year-old 200M dash program record with a third-place time of 21.79, edging former teammate Michael Wright's '09 mark. Banaji was the top Division III sprinter in the event, while senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) took fifth in 21.85, which also bettered Wright's 2006 mark of 21.86.
Banaji came within 0.02 ticks of qualifying for the 55M dash finals, while Robinson took 11th in the long jump.
Junior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) and sophomore Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) highlighted the meet for the women, as each surpassed NCAA national meet provisional qualifying marks.
Smith was the fastest Division III runner in the 55M dash, taking sixth overall in 7.25, while Jusme placed eighth in the triple jump after leaping 37' 5 3/4". Freshman Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke) was 21st in the long jump.
The Wheaton squads take part in their final in-region meet next weekend during the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school Smith College.