NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams landed a trio of NCAA national meet provisional standards during the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship that ended on Saturday in the New York City Armory.
The women racked up 22.5 points to finish 12th out of 47 scoring teams, while the men tied for 51st with one point. The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo captured the men's title, and The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) won on the women's side.
Wheaton's women's 4x400-meter relay raced to a photo finish with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the Lyons and Engineers were a mere 0.004 ticks apart. Juniors Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) and freshmen Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) took second to MIT with an NCAA provisional time of 3:53.25.
In the open 400M dash, Cardarelli provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time of the season in 58.14, good for fourth place overall. Little took 11th in the event. Junior Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) also landed a provisional mark in the triple jump, recording a distance of 37' 4 1/2" and a sixth-place finish.
Freshman Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) fell just 3/4" shy of a provisional height in the high jump, as her clearance of 5' 4 1/4" tied her for fourth in the meet. Classmate Charmine Bien-Aime (Cambridge, Mass./Cambridge Rindge & Latin School) placed seventh in the 55M dash finals.
On the men's side, senior Colin Fahey (Waltham, Mass./Weston) took eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:55.08, as his time was 0.78 seconds shy of an NCAA provisional standard. Freshman Michael Read (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) competed in a pair of events, placing 11th in the 55M dash and 17th in the 200M race.
The 11th-place 4x400M relay team consisted of 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).
Wheaton completes the indoor season next weekend at the two-day NCAA Championship at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Friday at 9:00 a.m. The official participant list will be announced on Monday.