HANOVER, NH- The Wheaton College women's track & field team opened its season by taking third at the nine-team Dartmouth College Relays on Sunday in Leverone Field House, while the Lyon men tied for sixth. Wheaton's women scored 27 points, bettering Division I Harvard University by one point, while the men tallied 20 points to match Keene State College. The hosts won both competitions.
Sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) met a provisional standard for the NCAA Championship while playing a role in one of the men's team's two event victories, and classmate Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) met an NCAA standard on the women's side.
After running to a time of 6.99 in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash, Robinson reached the NCAA cut by clocking in at 6.93 during the semifinals, good for second among 16 athletes and just 0.01 seconds behind a runner from Dartmouth. Robinson did not run in the finals. Junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) also made it to the 60M semifinals, where his time of 7.09 was just 0.04 ticks away from getting him through to the championship race.
During the 4x200-meter relay, Robinson led off for a victorious Wheaton quartet, which paced a 10-team field in 1:29.43, just 0.30 seconds short of a school record. Seniors Mark Cimino (Danbury, CT/Danbury) and Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) and junior Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) also each ran legs. Additionally, the Lyons' second 4x200M relay foursome took sixth while besting three colleges' top teams. Sophomores Miles Ketchum (South Lee, MA/Monument Mountain Regional) and Kyle Ricci (Warwick, RI/Bishop Hendricken) and freshmen Brandon Holmes (Highland Mills, NY/Monroe-Woodbury) and Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) combined for the performance.
Ibric, Ricci and Williamson later sided with junior Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston) to capture the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:23.18, topping a 13-team field.
Jusme met a provisional mark during the triple jump, as she took second in that event with a distance of 37' 3" while also finishing as the runner up during the long jump at 17' 6 3/4", good for the best distance among college athletes. Jusme also ran for the fifth-place 4x200-meter relay foursome, which finished in 1:47.36 to fall just 0.30 ticks short of third. Junior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope), sophomore Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, RI/La Salle Academy) and freshman Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke) also ran legs.
Smith was 0.08 seconds shy of an NCAA time during the 60-meter dash while turning in a preliminary-round showing of 7.93. During the semifinals she fell 0.07 ticks shy of making the finals. Jusme also qualified for the semifinals.
The Lyons sent a pair of combined-event athletes to the meet, as junior Meagan Jennett (Charlottesville, VA/Western Albemarle) and sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) were seventh and eighth, respectively, during the pentathlon.
Both teams are in action next week at the University of Rhode Island's Sorlien Invitational. The women's meet is Friday at 12:00 p.m., while the men's is Saturday at 12:00 p.m.