DEDHAM, MA- Senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) played a hand in two wins for the Wheaton College men's track & field team at the three-day All New England Championship, which concluded Saturday at Northeastern University's Solomon Track.
The Lyon men took 11th out of 39 scoring teams with 28 points, finishing third among Division III institutions, while the women did not score. The University of Rhode Island won the men's meet with 95.33 points, while Boston College totaled 102 to capture the women's crown.
During the 4x400-meter relay, Ibric combined with junior Mark Williamson (Vienna, VA/James Madison) and freshmen Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) and Ben Miklovich (New Gloucester, ME/Gray-New Gloucester) for a winning time of 3:11.18, which was both a school record and automatically qualified the quartet for the NCAA Championship. Based on results entering the weekend, their showing would have bettered the top time in Division III this spring by 1.12 seconds.
Ibric also sided with senior Mark Cimino (Danbury, CT/Danbury), junior Raiyan Banaji (Mumbai, India/American School of Bombay) and sophomore Cailean Robinson (Newton, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) for a win in the 4x100-meter relay. The foursome clocked in at 41.02, which was good for an NCAA meet provisional time and just 0.02 seconds short of an automatic standard.
Robinson set a program record in the 100M at 10.70, taking second while provisionally qualifying for NCAAs. During the 110M hurdles trials, sophomore Sheldon Allen (Dorchester, MA/Charlestown) came within 0.02 seconds of qualifying for the championship heat.
On the women's side, freshman Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke) had the top performance, finishing third among Division III competitors in the long jump at 17' 2 1/4". Sophomore Didine Jusme (Providence, RI/Classical) was fifth among divisional counterparts during the 100-meter hurdles trials.
Wheaton travels to Springfield College for the third time in five weeks on Thursday, when the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship begins.