Pair of NCAA standards lifts Lyons at USATF New England Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams competed at the USA Track & Field (USATF) New England Championship on Sunday at Harvard University's Gordon Indoor Track, where the women recorded a pair of NCAA national meet qualifying standards at the non-scoring meet.

During the 4x440-yard relay, juniors Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) and freshmen Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) reached an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:58.04, which was a mere 0.43 ticks off the leading quartet from Harvard.

In addition to Wheaton's relay qualifying, junior Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) made NCAA provisional status with a distance of 38' 4" in the triple jump, good for second overall.

In the 400M dash, Cardarelli finished with the meet's second-fastest time in 59.34, while freshman Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) took fourth in the high jump.  Sophomore Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) placed fifth in the long jump, and freshman Lindsey Ross (Dracut, Mass./Dracut) rounded out the top-10 placeholders by taking 10th in the high jump.

For the men, freshman Michael Read (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) finished fourth during the 60-meter dash and sixth in the 200M race, while sophomore Howard Manly (Ayer, Mass./Lawrence Academy) came in fourth during the 400M event.

Senior Colin Fahey (Waltham, Mass./Weston) and freshman Ben Dibble (Salem, Mass./Salem) each placed sixth in the 800M run and 60M hurdles, respectively.  Junior Miles Ketchum (South Lee, Mass./Monument Mountain Regional) recorded a ninth-place result during the 400M dash.

The Lyons return to the Boston area next weekend for the two-day All New England Championship hosted by Boston University beginning on Friday.

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