GREENCASTLE, IN- Senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) and sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) each qualified for finals races on Friday during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship at DePauw University's Hollensteiner Track. The meet finishes up on Saturday.
Ibric won his four-athlete heat during the 400-meter dash trials, tying for the third-best time among the event's 12 entrants at 49.15. As one of eight qualifiers for Saturday's final, Ibric could earn his first All-America honor since 2007, as the top eight draw the accolade. Wheaton was the only institution with multiple runners in the 400M field, as junior Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) also competed but fell short of making the finals.
Robinson completed the 55-meter trials with a time of 6.40, tying for the third-best showing out of 12 runners. As one of eight qualifiers for Saturday's final, he aims to be an All-American in the event for the second straight year at the indoor NCAA Championship.
A trio of women competed for the Lyons on Friday, but each fell short of making the finals in their events. Junior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, RI/Hope) ran in the 55M, sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) took part in the 55M hurdles, while twin sister and classmate Mickey Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) was in the long jump.
Mickey Jusme will take part in the triple jump on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. before Ibric and Robinson run in the 400M and 55M finals at 2:55 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., respectively. Wheaton's 4x400M relay squads complete the meet for the Lyons, with the men starting at 4:40 p.m. and the women beginning their race 15 minutes later.