KINGSTON, RI- Sophomore Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, RI/La Salle Academy) returned to her home state and played a role in a pair of event victories to highlight the Wheaton College women's track & field team's competition on Friday at the Division I-heavy, non-scoring Sorlien Invitational at the University of Rhode Island's Mackal Field House. The Lyons were among 17 squads slated to attend, which included 10 from Division I and three from Division II.
Cardarelli won the 500-meter run in a time of 1:17.32 before anchoring the top 4x400M relay quartet, which clocked in at 4:02.03, crossing 2.71 seconds ahead of the second-place foursome from Division I College of the Holy Cross. Joining Cardarelli on the relay were two additional Ocean State natives, junior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) and sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical), as well as freshman Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth).
Jusme was also responsible for a third-place performance in the 55-meter hurdles, as her showing of 8.58 was just 0.05 ticks short of an NCAA Championship provisional time, and Smith was fourth in the 55-meter dash at 7.37. Jusme's twin sister, sophomore Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical), was second in the triple jump at 36' 2 3/4", fourth in the long jump at 17' 4 3/4" and fifth in the 55M.
Freshman Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke) tied for seventh in the long jump, while Bennett and junior Meagan Jennett (Charlottesville, VA/Western Albemarle) were eighth and 10th, respectively, in the 500-meter dash. Freshman Sylvia Okoye (Stanhope, NJ/Pope John XXIII Regional) took 10th in the shot put.
The Lyon men attend the Sorlien Invitational on Saturday before both squads return home for the Wheaton Invitational next Saturday at 9:00 a.m.