NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's indoor track & field teams hosted the Wheaton Invitational Saturday afternoon in Beard Field House, as each Lyon squad placed in the top four. The men finished as the runner up among 10 scoring teams with 112 points, trailing Williams College's 123.5, while the women took fourth out of 10 scoring squads with 58. The Williams women won the meet with 163.66 points.
The men recorded a pair of NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standards to go alongside four event wins. Senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) topped the 400-meter competition with a provisional time of 49.09, while sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) won the 55M dash with a provisional mark of 6.43, coming within 0.04 ticks of his school record.
Wheaton had additional success in both events, going 1-2-3 in the 55M dash and 1-2 in the 400M dash. Junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) and senior Mark Cimino (Danbury, CT/Danbury) placed second and third, respectively, in the 55, while junior Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) was the runner up in the 400.
Freshman Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, ME/Gray-New Gloucester) was the fastest finisher in the 200M dash, while Wheaton's top 4x200M relay team, comprised of Cimino, Robinson, Williamson and sophomore Kyle Ricci (Warwick, RI/Bishop Hendricken), rounded out the event wins. Miklovich's time was 22.87, while the relay quartet finished in 1:30.18.
Wheaton's second 4x200M relay squad, consisting of senior Michael Latner (Torrance, CA/West), sophomore Sheldon Allen (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown) and freshmen David Christensen (Springfield, MA/Commerce) and Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School), placed second, as did Latner in the pole vault and Allen in the 55M hurdles. Ricci and junior Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston) took third in the 200 and 800 events, respectively.
The women notched a pair of first-place finishes, led by junior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) in the 55M dash, as her time of 7.34 was 0.05 ticks shy of an NCAA national meet provisional standard. Smith also ran a leg on the winning 4x200M relay, joining sophomores Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, RI/La Salle Academy), Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) and Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) for a 1:44.47 finish.
Mickey Jusme turned in a runner-up mark in the long jump and a third-place result in the 55M. Cardarelli and freshman Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) came in second in the 400 and 800, respectively, while freshman Sylvia Okoye (Stanhope, NJ/Pope John XXIII Regional) finished third in the shot put.
The Lyons are back in action on Friday for the Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.