Lyons open 2012 season with seven first-place finishes at USM Invitational

GORHAM, Maine – Led by first-year head coach Dave Cusano, the Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams opened the 2012 season with seven first-place finishes at the Southern Maine Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Senior Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) won the 55m hurdles (8.38) while classmate Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham) captured first-place in the triple jump (37' 7 1/4"). In the long jump, junior Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, N.H./Pembroke) took first (17' 6 1/4"), followed by Dell'Aira in second (17' 3/4"). Claflin also placed second in the 55m dash (7.58).

Sophomore Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) took first in the high jump (5' 2 1/4"). Classmate Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) took first in the 600m run with a school-record time of 1:37.09 and was a member of the first-place 4x400m relay team (4:13.42), along with Jusme, Claflin, and sophomore Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino). Senior Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) placed second in the 3000m run (11:30.91).

On the men's side, junior Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) captured first-place in the men's 55m dash (6.64). Sophomore Ben Dibble (Salem, Mass./Salem), meanwhile, placed third in both the long jump (19' 2 3/4") and 55m hurdles (8.42).

The Lyons return to action next Saturday when they head south to New Haven, Conn. to compete in the Yale Invitational.