Lyons 4x100-meter relay ranked second overall
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's track & field team, ranked no.7 overall in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, will send seven student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 23-25 in La Crosse, Wisconsin at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex on the campus of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Wheaton's 4x100-meter relay team consisting of junior All-American Ashante Little (Seabrook, N.H./Winnacunnet), senior All-America Amanda Claflin (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke), junior Amber Spencer (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and freshman Francesca Flynn (Farmington, Conn./Northwest Catholic) enter nationals this week as the second-fastest squad in the country with a seed time of 46.24-seconds.
Little and Claflin are also members of the Lyons' sixth-seeded 4x400-meter relay team along with senior All-American Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) and junior All-American Meredith Scannell (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) with a time of 3:49.08. All four student-athletes claimed All-America accolades during the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships with a fifth place finish in 3:51.63. Wheaton posted its ninth top-10 finish in program history at the indoor championships and also made its first appearance inside the top-10 since 2007.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Little is ranked first overall with her seed time of 13.89-seconds which she ran earlier this week for a first place finish at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. Little's split currently ranks tied for ninth all-time in NCAA Division III outdoor history at a wind adjusted time of 13.92w (2.5+).
Little and Scannell will also compete in the 400-meter run on Friday in the prelims at 5:50 p.m. (central time). Little is ranked third overall with a time of 55.48-seconds while Scannell is 18th overall in the field of 22 student-athletes with a split of 56.82-seconds.
Claflin checks in at 14th overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.12-seconds. Claflin is scheduled to compete on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Junior Mollie Lane (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) rounds out the list of competitors for Wheaton in the high jump. Lane helped solidify a spot at NCAA's earlier this week at the ECAC Championship clearing a career-best height of 5-feet and 6.50-inches. Lane, who is seeded 11th overall, will compete on Friday at approximately 2:15 p.m.
For a detailed schedule of events please click here: NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. For insight and live coverage of the three-day meet follow along all week at Wheaton's twitter account: @wheatonlyons.