Ashley Dell’Aira has always demonstrated as a member of the women’s track and field team that her ability to jump is off the charts. Time and time again, she has helped the team succeed earning points in jumping and occasionally running. Therefore, it was no surprise that she was named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week for Field events.
Dell’Aira has previously won many awards for her endeavors in track in field. Just a month ago at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Iowa, Dell’Aira earned All-America honors in the triple. She went on to win triple jump more recently at the Snowflake Classic on Marc h 31, where she jumped 11.59m. At the Roadrunner Invitational held at Ramapo College on April 6, Dell’Aira went on to win the triple jump again with a jump of 38”. At the same event, Dell’Aira also came in fifth in the long jump with a distance of 17’1.25”.
This is her 8th year doing track. Dell’Aira began her jumping career in Shoreham, NY during her high school years. Since ninth grade, she has jumped for both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Dell-Aira choose Wheaton College to continue her track and field career at due to Wheaton College’s academics and athletics. Specifically on the athletics side, she was impressed with the previous Coach Paul Souza and current Coach Dave Cusano.
“Each award also tends to signify different types of accomplishment. For example when I competed at the national championships and earned two-time all American honors, that represents my individual success as a competitive athlete whereas the newmac athlete of the week is definitely exciting in its own way because it shows that I’m recognized by not just my own team but also the other teams in our conference, for being consistent and a contributing factor to my teams overall success. That itself is an honor because I’m glad I am able to give back to my team for everything that they’ve done for me on and off the track!” said Dell’Aira.