Lyons Set To Host Wheaton Invitational On Saturday, January 19
|Field Events||Track Events|
|Long Jump (M-W) - 11:30 AM||60-meter Trials (W-M) - 12:30 PM|
|Triple Jump Follows Long Jump||60-meter Hurdle Trials (W-M) - 12:45 PM|
|Pole Vault (M-W) - 11:30 AM||Distance Medley Relay (W) - 1:05 PM|
|High Jump (M-W) - 11:30 AM||Distance Medley Relay (M) - 1:20 PM|
|Weight Throw (W-M) 11:30 AM||60-meter Finals (W-M) - 1:45 PM|
|Shot Put (M-W) Follows Weight Throw||60-meter Hurdle Finals (W-M) - 2:00 PM|
|3,000-meter run (W) - 2:15 PM|
|LEGEND: (W) = Women||3,000-meter run (M) - 2:30 PM|
|(M) = Men||300-meter run (W) - 2:45 PM|
|300-meter run (M) - 2:55 PM|
|800-meter run (W) - 3:05 PM|
|* - All times subject to change||800-meter run (M) - 3:15 PM|
|depending on pace of meet||4x200-meter relay (W-M) - 3:30 PM|
What To Watch For:
|(rosters in parenthesis after team name)|
WHEATON (M/W): The women’s squad is coming off of a strong showing at the Yale Invitational last weekend as Ashante Little led the Lyons with a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.87-seconds). In the 4x400-meter relay, Little helped teammates Samantha Bennett, Meredith Scannell and Amber Spencer to a second place finish with a total time of 4:01.27. The 60-meter dash could potentially be one of the top races of the afternoon as Wheaton boasts a pair of strong sprinters in the event. Amanda Claflin finished fourth overall at the Yale Invitational in 7.97-seconds while Francesca Flynn ranked sixth with a time of 8.13-seconds. Mollie Lane will look to improve upon her third place finish in the high jump (5-feet, 3-inches) from a week ago. MEN: Ben Sharma ranked 12th overall in the 60-meter hurdles last weekend with a time of 8.83-seconds and will look to better that time this weekend. Logan Hinderliter had two impressive marks last week in the weight throw (35-feet and 8.50-inches) and the shot put (37-feet and 8-inches). The Lyons have won eight national team championships in program history claiming five titles in indoor track (1999-2003) and three in outdoor track & field (2001-2003), all on the women’s side.
ASSUMPTION (M/W): The Greyhounds open up their 2012-13 season at the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday. Assumption College, an NCAA Division II program located in Worcester, Mass., comes from the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) which has produced many top-tier track & field athletes including Nick Lebron of Southern Connecticut State University, who won the 2011-12 national championship in the heptathlon, and Corey Thomas of Stonehill College, the 2010-11 high jump national champion (indoors).
BRIDGEWATER STATE (M/W): Senior Molly Rouillard, one of the top distance runners in the region, enters the Wheaton Invitational fresh off of breaking her own school record in the 3,000-meter run at the Dartmouth Relays. Rouillard posted a time of 10:19.00 to finish fifth in the event and tops among all Division III competitors. Her previous mark of 10:25.27 was set last season. On December 10, Rouillard earned MASCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time in her career. Rouillard qualified for the Division III New England Championship meet in the mile with a time of 5:17.45 at the Harvard Open finishing third overall. MEN: Michael McPherson headlines the men’s squad after breaking his own school record for the second time this season in the shot put with a throw of 55-feet and 8.50-inches at the Harvard Open. McPherson finished second overall in the event. In addition to his indoor shot put record, McPherson also currently holds school outdoor marks in the shot put (55'7.50") and hammer throw (172'2.00"). During the spring 2012 outdoor season, he earned All-America honors in the shot put by placing eighth at the NCAA Division III Championships in Claremont, California.
LASELL (M/W): Freshman Andrew Panther opened up his 2012-13 indoor season with a school record in the 800-meter run at the Reggie Poyau Invitational (12/7/12) recording a time of 2:09.25 in the event. In the 4x800-meter relay Panther, Patrick Sponzo, Kyle Northrop and David Cooper ranked second overall with a time of 9:05.2. WOMEN: Melissa Cooley cruised to a school record time of 28.7-seconds in the 200-meter run at the Reggie Poyau Invitational while teammate Erica Miller established a school record in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.92.
RAMAPO (M/W): Junior Chelsea Clark stands out for the Roadrunners as the reigning NJAC 60-meter champion and runner-up in the 400-meter dash. Clark holds personal best times of 7.98-seconds in the 60-meters and 58.44-seconds in the 400-meters. MEN: Ackeme Brown highlights the men’s squad. Brown, an NCAA qualifier in the 60-meter dash, is the reigning NJAC champion in the event sporting a time of 6.89-seconds. Colin English is Ramapo’s school record holder in the one-mile run and the 800-meter run and Jaivon Palmer returns as the defending NJAC champion in the 60-meter hurdles.
SALVE REGINA (W): The Seahawks have finished second overall in four out of the past six seasons in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Invitational, led by head coach Matthew Hird. Since his arrival, two-thirds of the team records have been broken. Salve Regina, who only has a women’s track & field team, does not compete for an indoor conference championship.
UMASS BOSTON (M/W): Carl Joseph, Tylor Hart and Ervin Lofton may make the high jump the event to watch on the men’s side. Last year during the outdoor season (4/28/12), Joseph posted a height of 6-feet and 10.25-inches – which ranked third nationally at the time – in the high jump. Hart and Lofton were not outdone in the event by their teammate clearing heights of 6-feet and 7-inches and 6-feet and 4-inches, respectively, to take three out of the top four spots at Westfield State University. Joseph became the third All-American in program history last season for his efforts in the high jump. Rob Grieco is the only other UMass Boston track & field athlete on the men’s side to collect All-America accolades. Grieco did so twice in the shot put during the 1997 outdoor season and 1998 indoor season. WOMEN: Loaded with a rich history including three national team championships indoors (1985-1987) and one national team championship outdoors (1986), the Beacons enter the Wheaton Invitational having set nine career best marks in their last meet on January 5. UMass Boston saw two personal bests occur in the 55-meter dash as Anisha Trappier and Shannel Trappier ran times of 7.69-seconds and 7.75-seconds, respectively, in the event for 13th and 14th place overall. Hulerie McGuffie also set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.89-seconds.
WORCESTER STATE (M/W): Highly regarded as one of the best sprinters in the region, Briana Wise started off her winter season by taking home top honors in the 200-meters (26.19-seconds) and runner-up accolades in the 60-meter dash (7.93-seconds) at the Tufts Invitational on January 12. For her efforts, Wise was named the MASCAC Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week on January 14. Wise, who earned All-America honors last season (outdoors), was featured by NCAA.com for her efforts in the 200-meter run (click here for the story). Amanda Caldarone will also be a student-athlete to watch in the long jump after placing second overall in the event with a distance of 16-feet and 5.25.-inches at the Tufts Invitational. Caldarone earned MASCAC Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts along with Wise (1/14/13). Caldarone's best mark in the long jump during the 2012-13 indoor season has come at the Alden meet where she chalked up 17-6.25 (5.34m). Caldarone's leap is the second-best mark in Division III New England, and is tied for the ninth-highest distance in the NCAA Division III standings. In the 60-meter hurdles, Christy Deininger looks to improve on her second place finish at the Tufts Invitational with a time of 9.19-seconds. Deininger was a Division III All-New England selection last season in the 60-meter hurdles. MEN: Sophomore Duy Troung comes off of a strong showing at the Tufts Invitational placing first overall in the long jump (21-feet and 5.75-inches), third in the 60-meter dash (7.20-seconds), fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.82-seconds) and sixth in the triple jump (39-feet 5.25-inches). Classmate Terrence Gibson holds the second fastest time among all Division III student-athletes in the 60-meter dash in 6.94-seconds. Gibson’s time of 6.94-seconds reset a 12-year-old school record set by Lancer Hall of Famer Staney Egbor at Harvard.