MEDFORD, MA- Wheaton College men's and women's track & field athletes combined for a trio of NCAA Championship qualifying marks while narrowly missing two more over the weekend, as the NCAA New England Championship came to an end on Saturday at Tufts University's Dussault Track.
The Lyon men took eighth among 25 scoring teams with 38 points, while the women were 14th out of 31 with 18 points. Williams College won the title for each gender.
Sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) had both of the NCAA provisional times for the women, taking second in the 200-meter dash in 24.89 and finishing third during the 100M hurdles at 14.67. Twin sister and classmate Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) was fifth in the triple jump at 37' 1", just 2 1/4" short of a provisional distance.
The Lyons' 4x800M relay, comprised of senior Katie Pratt (Litchfield, CT/Litchfield), junior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy), sophomore Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth) and freshman Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth), captured ninth place. Bennett took 10th in the 800-meter run, while sophomore Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) tied for 10th in the long jump.
For the men, sophomore Sheldon Allen (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown) won the 110-meter hurdles competition in an NCAA provisional time of 14.75, while classmate Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) missed out on a national meet qualifying effort in the 100M by 0.02 seconds, finishing as the runner up in 10.78. Senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) was third with a time of 10.90.
Freshman Cameron Souza (Norton, MA/Saint Sebastian's School) had Wheaton's top field showing, tying for second during the high jump by clearing 6' 4". During the 200-meter dash, freshmen Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, ME/Gray-New Gloucester) and Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) captured fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Lyons return to action next week for the three-day All New England Championship, which begins on Thursday at Northeastern University's Solomon Track.