|Kevin Quisumbing notched a PR in the shot put|
CAMBRIDGE – With one week remaining until the 2018 NCAA Championships, the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team was at MIT on Thursday night competing at the Final Qualifying Meet.
The competition is the last opportunity for individuals and relays to improve upon their season-best marks in order to qualify for NCAA's.
The Jumbo who took most advantage of that on Thursday was sophomore Kevin Quisumbing, who threw a career-best 51'5 ½" (15.68m) in the shot put. Third at the meet, the mark looks as though it will fall just short of the top 20 position it needs to be in for an NCAA berth. The distance is 32nd nationally as of 8:45 p.m. Thursday night.
Otherwise, Tufts did not meet with much success in terms of improving their marks. Junior Ben Wallace won the pole vault event, but his 15'4 ½" (4.69m) clearance did not improve upon this season-best 15'5" (4.70m) that ranks 34th in DIII.
Jumbo seniors Stefan Duvivier in the high jump and Drew DiMaiti in the 400-meter hurdles look like solid national qualifiers with their season-best marks of 6'10 ¼" (2.09m) and 52.95 seconds, respectively. Juniors Josh Etkind in the 110-meter hurdles (14.52) and Henry Hintermeister in the javelin (198'4" – 60.45m) look to hold on to their top 20 qualifying marks as results from the final meets of the season come in from around the country.
The 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships are being held in LaCrosse, Wisconsin starting next Thursday (May 24-26).