Pair of relays advance to finals during NCAA Championship opening day

Pair of relays advance to finals during NCAA Championship opening day

BEREA, OH- The Wheaton College men's and women's outdoor track & field teams finished up the NCAA Championship's opening day by sending a pair of relay teams into the finals during Thursday's competition at Baldwin-Wallace College's Finnie Stadium.

Owning the nation's fastest times in Division III entering the meet, Wheaton's men's 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams each advanced to Saturday's finals.  Comprised of senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy), 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 Blue and White's 4x400M relay squad notched the day's top finish of 3:12.41.

Earlier in the day, Ibric joined senior Mark Cimino (Danbury, CT/Danbury), junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) and sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) in the 4x100M relay race, as the quartet posted the event's second-fastest time in 40.85, a mere 0.08 ticks short of the leader.

Competing individually were Robinson and sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) in the 200M dash trials.  Robinson clocked in at 21.69 while taking fourth in his heat, falling 0.14 seconds shy of advancing to Saturday's finals, while Jusme ran hers in 25.47.

Jusme and Robinson are back in action tomorrow, with Jusme taking part in the 100M hurdles prelims at 3:30 p.m. and Robinson in the 100M dash trials at 4:55 p.m.