Jusme leads Lyons at BU's Valentine Invitational, posts NCAA cut

BOSTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's track & field junior Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) notched an NCAA national meet provisional qualifying standard in the 60-meter hurdles in leading the Lyons during Friday's non-scoring Valentine Invitational at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.

Jusme took fourth in her preliminary heat with a time of 9.03 to advance to the finals, where she placed 11th overall in 9.00.  Both times were provisional marks.  She also joined junior Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and freshmen Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) on the 4x400M relay team that took third in their heat and 14th overall in 3:59.15.

In the field, junior Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) recorded Wheaton's highest finish, taking 12th in the triple jump.  Freshman Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) tied for 14th in the high jump, sophomore Sylvia Okoye (Stanhope, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) placed 16th during the weight throw, while Dell'Aira came in 19th in the long jump.

Wheaton begins the championship portion of its season next weekend at the two-day NCAA New England Championship at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).