February 19, 2011

Jusme claims 55-meter hurdles title at NCAA New England Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Wheaton College women's track & field junior Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) captured the 55-meter hurdles title during the NCAA New England Championship on Saturday at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Shobrys and Aronson Track.

Taking only a handful of athletes to the meet, the Lyons finished in 18th place out of 24 scoring teams with 10 points.  Williams College nipped MIT for the team championship.

Jusme topped the 55M hurdles competition with an NCAA national meet provisional qualifying time of 8.31, which was 0.06 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.  During the preliminary heat, she took first with a provisional standard of 8.41.

In the field, sophomore Sylvia Okoye (Stanhope, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) earned top honors in her flight during the weight throw.

The Lyons are back in action tomorrow for the USA Track & Field (USATF) New England Championship at Harvard University beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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