|Freshman Olivia Martin is part of Tufts' DMR that should qualify nationally|
MEDFORD – Senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari broke her own school-record in the 60-meter hurdles and the distance medley relay ran a top 10 national time as the Jumbo women's indoor track & field team competed at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet at the Gantcher Center today.
The 2018 NCAA performance lists will be final tonight at midnight. Competitors who are among the top 17 individually and top 12 in relays on the women's side are guaranteed berths. However, those outside of the top 17 also have a chance depending on the declarations for the meet which will be released Monday morning.
With the NCAA Championships next weekend (Mar. 9-10) in Alabama, today's meet stood as the final chance for athletes to improve their positions. As a result, 46 teams from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states had men's or women's representatives (or both) at the Tufts meet today.
DeBari had broke the Tufts record in the 60 hurdles with her 8.83 at the New England DIII Indoor Championships two weeks ago. She took it to another level today with a time of 8.80 seconds in the finals. That mark is ranked fourth in Division III as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
The Tufts DMR of sophomore Rhemi Toth, sophomore Julia Gake, freshman Olivia Martin and senior Brittany Bowman combined for an 11:53.52 mark that adjusts to an 11:45.96 that is ranked 10th nationally. The adjustment is necessary due to the DIII meet being held at Birmingham Southern College's banked track. They expect to hold on to an NCAA spot as results file in from around the country tonight. Anchored by the All-American Bowman, the rest of the DMR was strong today. Toth went 3:37 in the 1,200, Gake hit 59.5 in the 400 and Martin timed 2:18 in the 800.
Bowman, who did not compete in an individual race today, has choices as to which events she will compete in at NCAA's. She's ranked fourth in the mile (4:51.69 adjusted), fourth in the 3,000 meters (9:40.91 adjusted) and seventh in the 5,000 meters (10:58.08).