NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's outdoor track & field juniors Ashley Dell'Aira (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Didine Jusme (Providence, R.I./Classical) will seek All-America honors at this week's three-day NCAA Championship, which begins on Thursday at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Field and Gauthier Track in Delaware, Ohio.
Dell'Aira and Jusme, who are both coming off indoor All-America showings, continued the streak of Lyon women competing at an outdoor NCAA Championship to 15 straight years.
Jusme, an outdoor All-American in the 4x100-meter relay as a freshman, is shooting for her first outdoor All-America accolade during an individual event. Set to compete in the 100-meter hurdles event, Jusme enters the meet ranked third in the field thanks to her NCAA national meet automatic qualifying time of 14.18 during the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. At the indoor national meet, she placed second in the 55M hurdles.
Dell'Aira, who collected her initial All-America award by taking fourth in the triple jump during her nationals debut in March, will take part in her first outdoor NCAA Championship this weekend. Dell'Aira heads into the championship with the nation's 10th farthest triple jump, as she recorded a national meet provisional qualifying distance of 38' 11 3/4" at the NEWMAC Championship.
The tandem will begin competition on Friday, with the triple jump scheduled for 5:20 p.m. and the 100M hurdles trials slated for 6:45 p.m. Should Jusme advance, she would again run on Saturday in the 100M hurdles finals at 2:25 p.m.