|Nehalem Kunkle-Read ran second in the 400 meters|
MEDFORD - Senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari of the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team ran nine seconds flat in the 60-meter hurdles today for a top 10 national time and a victory at the Cupid Challenge hosted by the Jumbos at the Gantcher Center.
An All-American in the event last season with a fifth-place finish at Nationals (8.86 seconds), DeBari is rounding into form as the 2018 season continues. She won the preliminaries today with a 9.06 and then hit the 9.00 mark in the final. It's ranked eighth among Division III competitors as of 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
The meet featured 38 national top 50 performances overall, with the Jumbos recording five of them. There was no team scoring at the competition.
Running in the first individual 400 meters race of her collegiate career, sophomore Nehalem Kunkle-Read timed a 59.95 that was second out of 19 in the event. Converted to a banked track time of 59.17, the mark ranks 38th nationally for DIII.
Sophomore Rhemi Toth and junior Sarah Perkins both posted top five finishes and national top 50 marks. Toth was fourth in the mile with a 5:11.73 flat-track time that converted to a 5:08.68 for #46 nationally. Perkins shaved almost seven seconds off her season and career-best time in the 3,000 meters with a 10:19.08 that was fifth and converts to a 10:13.82 that currently sits 34th nationally.
In the 4x200-meter relay, junior Sydney Ladner, sophomore Raquel Whiting, freshman Sydney McKiernan and freshman Olivia Schwern combined on a 1:49.03 that was third. Freshman Olivia Martin raced to a fifth-place finish in the 1000 meters (3:03.32).
Junior Kylene DeSmith's pentathlon score of 2,778 points, completed on Friday, converted to 2,798 for national ranking purposes and is at #46 on the list.
The Jumbos are at Boston University's David Hemery Invitational and the MIT Invitational next weekend (Feb. 9-10).