NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Wheaton College women's track & field team recorded a trio of NCAA national meet qualifying standards while tying for 20th place at the two-day All New England Championship on Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University's Dow Field.
Tallying 10 points, the Lyons tied Division I Boston College and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Springfield College. The University of New Hampshire won the overall team title.
Junior Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, picking up an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14.32, which was tops among Division III competitors. She also joined senior Laurenmaria Smith (Providence, R.I./Hope), junior Lauren Cardarelli (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and sophomore Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) during the team's eighth-place mark of 48.72 in the 4x100M relay.
Freshman Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet) took sixth during the 400M hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:03.93, while junior Ashley Dell'Aira's (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) just met a provisional standard in the triple jump, as her distance of 37' 3 1/4" was good for eighth place.
The Lyons are back in action next Thursday for the two-day Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.