LOWELL, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams competed at the Davis Invitational on Saturday at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell's Cushing Field Complex, as the Lyon women combined to post a pair of NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks during the non-scoring meet.
Junior Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) won the 100-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14.71, besting the runner-up athlete by 0.12 seconds in the 33-runner field. Classmate Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) turned in a provisional distance of 38' 2 1/4" during the triple jump, as her effort was good for second overall. She also placed seventh in the long jump.
The 4x100-meter relay team comprised of Jusme, senior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, R.I./Hope), junior Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and sophomore Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, Mass./ Pembroke) finished third during their first appearance.
Freshman Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) came within 0.18 ticks of an NCAA provisional time in the 400M hurdles, taking third in 1:04.38, while junior Tope Waheed (East Providence, R.I./East Providence) registered a third-place heave during the hammer throw. Freshman Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) tied for third in the high jump.
Cardarelli rounded out the top-five finishers by taking fourth in the 400M dash. Claflin tied for sixth in the 100M dash, classmate Sylvia Okoye (Stanhope, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) placed seventh in the discus throw, Claflin and Jusme came in eighth during the long jump and 200M dash, respectively, while Smith finished ninth in the 400M race.
For the men, freshman Michael Read (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) recorded a fifth-place result in the 100-meter dash while taking seventh during the 200M event. Classmate Ben Dibble (Salem, Mass./Salem) tied for eighth in the 110M hurdles.
Wheaton heads to Northeastern University one week from today to compete in the Solomon Invitational.