March 20, 2010

Two school records, pair of NCAA times reached during outdoor opener

MYRTLE BEACH, SC- Two school records fell and a pair of NCAA national meet provisional qualifying standards were met during the Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams' outdoor opener at the three-day Coastal Carolina University Shamrock Invitational.  The non-scoring meet, which ended Saturday, occurred at Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Senior Mark Cimino (Danbury, CT/Danbury) ran relay legs for the NCAA provisional qualifying 4x100-meter relay team and school-record 4x200-meter squad.  Cimino sided with senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy), junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) and sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) to finish the 4x100M relay race in fifth among 26 teams with a time of 41.18, which was 0.18 ticks shy of an automatic qualifying standard.

During the 4x200M relay competition, Cimino was joined by junior Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) and freshmen Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) and Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, ME/Gray-New Gloucester).  The foursome finished 10th in the 26-team field in 1:28.24.

Freshman Sam Fear (Bath, ME/North Yarmouth Academy) broke a five-year-old school mark in the javelin, surpassing the old standard by more than two feet.  His heave went for 179' 2", which was good for 13th overall.  Classmate Cameron Souza (Norton, MA/Saint Sebastian's School) tied for 13th in the high jump.

The women's 4x100M relay squad posted an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time of 48.43, as junior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) and sophomores Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, RI/La Salle Academy), Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) and Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) combined to take 15th out of 30 teams.

Sophomore Samantha Geasey (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth) placed 10th during the 3,000M steeplechase competition.

Wheaton takes next weekend off and will be back in action on Saturday, April 3, for Fitchburg State College's Sheehan Memorial, which is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.

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