Women's Indoor Track & Field Wins 10 Events at Gantcher Center Opener

Tara Lowensohn was one of a few freshman Jumbos who had a strong collegiate debut

MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's indoor track & field team won 10 events as the Jumbos opened a new home season at the Gantcher Center with a non-scoring meet on Saturday.

Tufts dominated the long sprints, mid-distances, relays and jumps in the first meet at which the full team participated for the 2018-19 season. Teams from Bridgewater State, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Coast Guard, Emmanuel, Keene State, Springfield, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Wentworth and Worcester State were competing along with the Jumbos at the Tufts Invitational.

Freshman Hannah Neilon and junior Rhemi Toth went 1-2 in the 800 meters with 2:19.64 and 2:19.78 times respectively. Those marks are ranked eighth and ninth nationally early in the indoor season.

The Jumbos had three freshman winners overall. Tara Lowensohn took the 600-meter run with a 1:41.47 time. Tufts had the top three finishers in that event as sophomores Scarlet Bliss (1:44.15) and Hannah Norowitz (1:44.74) were close behind Lowensohn.

First-year Julia Worden also won in her collegiate debut with a triple jump of 32'11 ¼" (10.04m).

Jumbos won the 400, 600, 800 and 1,000 at the meet. Junior Julia Gake's 1:00.41 for first in the 400 is the #13 mark nationally. Sophomore Olivia Martin added a 3:11.53 victory in the 1,000 meters.

Many of the aforementioned names were part of relay wins as well. The foursome of junior Raquel Whiting, Worden, senior Kylene DeSmith and junior Franny Kiles combined on a 1:50.47 to win the 4x2. Lowensohn, Gake, freshman Luana Machado and Neilson crossed the finish line first in the 4x4 with a 4:07.89 mark.

Senior Evelyn Drake and sophomore Jacqueline Kirk submitted a pair of top 25 national efforts to win their field events. Drake heaved the weight throw 50'3 ½ (15.33m) and Kirk topped 5'3" (1.60m) in the high jump.

DeSmith also won the long jump at 16'1 ¾" (4.92m) and senior Sydney Ladner was first in the pole vault clearing 10'0" (3.05m).

The Jumbos travel to Maine for the annual Bowdoin Invitational next Saturday.