Women tie for sixth, men tie for 16th at NCAA New England Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's track & field teams took part in the NCAA New England Championship on Saturday at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Steinbrenner Stadium.

The women's team tied league school Springfield College for sixth place with 44 points out of 29 scoring teams, while the men tied for 16th place among 31 squads with 14 points.  The host Engineers captured the women's title, while Williams College emerged victorious on the men's side.

Junior Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) recorded another NCAA national meet automatic qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.34 while earning the top mark in the 27-person field.  In the triple jump, classmate Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) jumped an NCAA provisional distance of 38' 1/4", which was good for third overall.

In the 400M hurdles, freshman Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) notched an NCAA provisional mark of 1:03.25 while taking third in the event. 

The women's 4x100M relay recorded an NCAA provisional standard and a runner-up finish with a time of 48.49.  The team consisted 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).

Junior Tope Waheed (East Providence, R.I./East Providence) finished third in the hammer, as did freshman Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) in the high jump.

For the men, freshman Michael Read (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) gained the first-place finish in the 100-meter dash after taking third in the trials.  Due to a timer malfunction, the finals times weren't recorded.

Wheaton's 4x400M relay squad comprised of junior Miles Ketchum (South Lee, Mass./Monument Mountain Regional), sophomore Howard Manly (Ayer, Mass./Lawrence Academy) and freshmen Ben Dibble (Salem, Mass./Salem) and Brad Mattocks (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) placed fifth.

The Lyons will travel to Connecticut next weekend to compete in the All New England Championship at Southern Connecticut State University.

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