|Rhemi Toth improved her time in the 1,500|
NEW LONDON, CONN. – Senior Brittany Bowman of the Tufts University women's track & field team ran an outdoor personal best time in the 5,000 meters for the fastest performance in the nation thus far at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational Friday night.
Bowman timed 16:42.30, her first outdoor 5K under 17 minutes. Her previous best was 17:01.27. She was just 0.33 off Cat Beck's Tufts record of 16:41.97 in the event. Bowman was first out of 27 at the meet and added the #1 in the nation 5K time to the one she already has for the 10K (34:51.07). The top 5,000 time entering the weekend had been a 16:49.10 run by Bates College's Katherine Cook at Tufts' oval last Saturday.
Jumbo sophomore Rhemi Toth lowered her 800 meters time to 4:39.09 to rank 16th nationally in the event as of 11 p.m. Friday night. Her previous season-best had been 4:40.74 that was at #25 entering the weekend. Toth was second to Brandeis' Emily Bryson (4:37.57) among 28 finishers at the meet.
Head coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos competed in four events overall on Friday night. Junior Sarah Perkins had the top Tufts time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11:30.86, which is 37th in Division III this season. She was fourth out of 14 in the event. For the 800 meters, sophomore Lauren Diaz took 10th out of 29 with a 2:20.08 finish to lead the Jumbos.
A full slate of events will be competed on Saturday at the Silfen Invitational.