SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's outdoor track & field teams notched seven top-10 placements and a pair of NCAA national meet standards during the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship that finished on Friday at Springfield College's Blake Track.
The women tied for 21st with 13 points among 51 scoring teams, while the men finished in a tie for 32nd with five points out of 48 squads that broke into the scoring column. The Williams College men and women both pick up team titles.
Sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) landed Wheaton's highest placement on the day, taking second in the 200-meter dash with an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time of 25.18. Freshman Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) fell 1.69 ticks shy of a provisional mark in the 800M run, finishing sixth in 2:16.69, while sophomore Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) took seventh in the triple jump, falling 3 1/2" short of a provisional standard at 36' 11 3/4".
On the men's side, senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) turned in an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200M, placing fourth in 21.74, which was a mere 0.01 ticks away from third. Sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) tied for ninth in the 200M, while freshman Sam Fear (Bath, ME/North Yarmouth Academy) took 10th in the javelin.
First-year athlete Cameron Souza (Norton, MA/Saint Sebastian's School) tied for 10th in the high jump, and senior Mark Cimino (Danbury, CT/Danbury) was 0.10 seconds short of qualifying for the 100M finals.
The Lyons compete in their final meet prior to the national championship next Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Last Chance Qualifier.