Three National Top 15 Marks Posted by Women's Track & Field at BU on Friday

Kristen Andersen was one of four Jumbos to PR in the 400 at BU on Friday

BOSTON – At Boston University's massive David Heremy Valentine Invitational on Friday, the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team posted three top 20 national marks.

Junior Rhemi Toth in the mile run and the 4x400-meters relay both posted times that were ranked seventh nationally in Division III as of late Friday night. Junior Lauren Diaz ran the 14th-fastest 800 also at the meet.

Toth continued an excellent start to her junior season with a big PR in the mile, running a 4:57.39 on BU's banked track. Her previous best had been a 5:02.47 at home on January 26 of this season. She finished 47th out of 204 entries in Friday's race.

The young 4x4 continued to open eyes on Friday. The foursome of freshmen Tara Lowensohn, Hannah Neilon and Luana Machado along with junior Julia Gake combined on a season-best 3:55.53 on Friday. They topped their 4:02.87 (3:59.69 converted) from Bowdoin on January 19 as their best of the season. Tufts was 18th out of 53 entries at the meet.

Diaz hit a PR with her 2:16.10 in the 800 for 56th place out of 197 entries.

Head coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos had a pair of other individuals record top 30 national marks. Gake's 58.67 in the 400 and senior Natalie Bettez's 17:45.93 in the 5,000 are both at #26 on the DIII national list.

Among other Jumbos in action on Friday, senior Sydney Ladner ran a PR of 27.62 in the 200 meters. Gake topped four Jumbos who PR'd in the 400 including sophomore Kristen Andersen (1:01.12). Machado added as solid 1:17.19 in the 500 meters.

The Jumbos will continue their weekend at the MIT Invitational on Saturday.