WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College women's track & field freshman Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Field Athlete of the Year on Tuesday during the league's postseason meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), as the new honor was bestowed for the first time.
Jusme is the seventh Lyon to draw a league athlete-of-the-year accolade, becoming the first Wheaton freshman to do so and just the third underclassman to turn the feat. A Lyon has nabbed an athlete-of-the-year award each of the past six seasons, as an honor that previously went to the top competitor is now received by the top athletes in each the field and on the track.
During Saturday's NEWMAC Championship at Mount Holyoke College, Jusme twice recorded NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks, including launching herself 39' 3 3/4" in the triple jump. The distance provided her with a victory and broke a nine-year-old meet record. Jusme also took second in the long jump with a provisional distance of 17' 11 1/2".
Jusme helped the Lyons take third at the championship, coming within 20 points of second place. Wheaton's teams return to action on Saturday, as they compete at the NCAA Division III New England Championship at Springfield College beginning at 10:00 a.m.