February 5, 2011

Pair of NCAA cuts, school record falls at NYC Armory

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams had qualifying athletes compete at the two-day New Balance Collegiate Invitational, as a pair of NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standards were met and a school record fell at the New York City Armory.

The Division I-heavy meet ended on Saturday, with the women recording a point thanks to junior Tope Waheed's (East Providence, R.I./East Providence) heave of 56' 10" in the weight throw, which not only shattered her own school record but also surpassed an NCAA national meet provisional qualifying standard.  Her throw bested a Louisiana State University (LSU) athlete and was good for eighth overall, as the Lyons tied for 39th place as a team.

Also reaching a provisional mark was classmate Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical), who notched a time of 8.99 in the championship heat of the 60-meter hurdles.  Wheaton's 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Jusme, junior Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and freshmen Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino), was a little more than a second shy of a provisional time, as the quartet placed 16th in 3:58.97.

Cardarelli and Little also competed in the open 400 with times of 59.97 and 59.40, respectively, while junior Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) nearly cracked the top 30 in the triple jump.

For the men, senior Mark Williamson (Vienna, Va./James Madison), junior Miles Ketchum (South Lee, Mass./Monument Mountain Regional) and sophomores Howard Manly (Ayer, Mass./Lawrence Academy) and Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) sided for a seventh-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:22.69.

Miklovich placed 10th in the 200M dash in 22.43, while freshman Michael Read (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) finished 15th in the 60M dash.  Junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) recorded an 18th-place mark in the 60M race.  Sophomore Brandon Holmes (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) took 27th in the 60M hurdles.

The Lyons return to competition next weekend at Boston University's Valentine Invitational.  The women's meet takes place on Friday before the men compete Saturday.

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