April 25, 2009

Defending-champion women take third at NEWMACs

SOUTH HADLEY, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's outdoor track & field teams recorded six NCAA standards, four event wins, a trio of meet records and 14 all-league finishes during Saturday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship at Mount Holyoke College.

The defending-champion women placed third with 155 points, while the men were fifth with 56 points.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) secured both team titles.  To earn all-conference honors, athletes needed to finish first or second in their respective events.

Freshman Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) had a hand in a pair of NCAA national meet provisional marks, one meet record and an event victory.  Jusme's provisional-qualifying triple jump of 39' 3 3/4" bested the competition and a nine-year-old meet record set by Wheaton's Shimera Daniels '02.  Jusme also took second in the long jump with a provisional distance of 17' 11 1/2".

First-year Tope Waheed (East Providence, RI/East Providence) smashed her own school record in the hammer throw, as her provisional heave of 159' 1" was nearly 16 feet farther than her previous best and good for second place.  The 4x400-meter relay team accounted for the squad's other provisional mark, as senior Natana Jules (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls), junior Renee Thompson (Hartford, CT/Weaver), sophomore Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) and freshman Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, RI/La Salle Academy) sided for a winning time of 3:55.85, which was nearly 10 seconds faster than the runners up.

Wheaton had six others earn all-league accolades and second-place marks, including Smith in the 100M dash, Thompson in the 400M dash, seniors Christine Moreau (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln) and Amanda Rawson (Dudley, MA/Shepherd Hill Regional) in the 400M hurdles and 10,000M run, respectively, sophomore Erin Neville (North Providence, RI/La Salle Academy) in the high jump and freshman Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) in the 100M hurdles.

Sophomore Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) highlighted the meet on the men's side, playing a role in two NCAA provisional standards, a pair of all-league awards, one meet record and an event win.  Williamson won the 400M dash in 48.22, which was a meet record and provisional qualifying time.

Williamson also teamed up with senior Michael Wright (Baldwin, NY/Uniondale), junior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) and freshman Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) during the 4x100M relay race.  Finishing 0.13 ticks short of an eight-year-old school record, the quartet took second in a provisional time of 41.52, a mere 0.01 seconds off the winning mark.

Junior Howard Powell (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls) topped the 110M hurdles competition, Robinson and Wright placed second and third in the 100M dash, respectively, while freshman Marcus Dennis (Hyde Park, MA/Thayer Academy) turned in a fifth-place showing in the long jump.

The Lyons return to Springfield College for the second time in three weeks for next Saturday's NCAA Division III New England Championship at 10:00 a.m.

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