NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's indoor track & field team will send six of its athletes to this weekend's two-day NCAA Championship at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. The Capital Center will be the site of competition, as the Lyon women boast at least four athletes at an indoor national championship for the 15th straight year.
Wheaton has also enjoyed having at least two All-Americans in 12 of the last 13 years dating back to 1998. Qualifying for All-America status requires a top-eight placement.
Juniors Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) return to the indoor national scene for the third consecutive season, while classmates Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Tope Waheed (East Providence, R.I./East Providence) and freshmen Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) and Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) make their debuts.
Jusme, a 2009 outdoor All-American in the 4x100-meter relay, is Wheaton's lone athlete scheduled to compete in multiple events. Jusme enters the weekend competition tied for sixth in the 55M hurdles, while she, Cardarelli, Little and Scannell are seeded eighth in the 4x400M relay. Cardarelli earned All-America honors during the 4x400M outdoor relay in 2009.
In the field events, Dell'Aira heads into the championship with the nation's sixth farthest triple jump, while Waheed's heave in the weight throw stands 10th.
Wheaton's first event of the championship will take place on Friday, when the weight throw begins at 11:00 a.m. The trials for the 55M hurdles also occur on Friday, while the finals are scheduled for Saturday. The triple jump and 4x400M relay, the final event of the championship, also take place on Saturday.