|Kylene DeSmith PR'd in three events including a top 20 national mark in the 100 hurdles.|
CAMBRIDGE – With an array of PR's and nationally-ranked marks, the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field won its annual quad meet with MIT, RPI and Bates on Saturday at MIT.
This is the first time in the four years that the event has been held that a team other than MIT has won it. Tufts compiled a 198 score to edge the Engineers (194). RPI was third at 138 and Bates finished fourth with a 134 score.
The Jumbo 4x4 won with a time of 3:59.76 that is ranked eighth nationally as of 9:15 pm Saturday night. The foursome was freshmen Tara Lowensohn, Luana Machado and Hannah Neilon with junior Julia Gake. Neilon also won the 400 meters race in 58.90 seconds, the #28 ranked time in DIII.
Tufts won five events overall, including three out of four in the throws. Senior co-captain Evelyn Drake posted a hammer throw victory with a 155'6" (47.40m) PR that is the #21 mark nationally. Sophomore Nkem Aduka placed first in the discus throw at 123'5" (37.62m) while also finishing as the runner-up in the shot put (36'3 ½" – 11.06m). Junior Julia Kissel won the javelin throw with a 117'5" (35.80m) launch.
Senior Kylene DeSmith was the most versatile Jumbo, competing in five events and setting PR's in three. She was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.98 mark that is #18 nationally. She also PR'd in the 200 (27.06) and in the high jump (4'11" – 1.50m).
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney ran a big PR of 11:14.73 that is ranked fifth in the country. Her previous best time was a 12:06.31. Junior Rhemi Toth placed herself in the top 15 for the 1,500 with a 4:40.93 finish at MIT.
Junior Alina Strileckis ran a pair of PR's in the sprints, placing second in the 200 (26.57) and third in the 100 (12.86). Gake PR'd in the 800 (2:18.97) for a top 50 national mark and senior Natalie Bettez ran the team's fastest 5,000 meters at 18:23.48 for second place. Freshman triple jumper Kathryn Ezeoha matched her season best at 35'8 ¾' (10.89m) for the #41 national mark. Senior Sydney Ladner's 10'0" (3.05m) pole vault was the team's season-best.
The Jumbos compete at Connecticut College's annual Silfen Invitational next weekend.