Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scores 4th at NESCAC Championship Meet

Freshman Kathryn Ezeoha scored 11 points in the long and triple jumps.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Senior co-captains Kelsey Tierney and Evelyn Drake posted runner-up finishes to lead the Tufts women's outdoor track & field team to fourth place at the 2019 NESCAC Championships hosted by Middlebury College on Saturday.

Tierney ran 11:37.65 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Drake had a 150'4" (45.83m) mark in the hammer throw for the top Tufts finishes of the day.

Tufts totaled 93.5 points overall. Williams College won the conference championship with a 165 team score and host Middlebury (145.5) was second. Bowdoin scored 109 in front of the Jumbos and Bates (52.5) was fifth.

Freshman Kathryn Ezeoha had a strong day in the jumps. She hit the team's season-best triple jump of 36'4 ¾" (11.09m) to take third place. She also was fourth in the long jump with a 17'1 ¼" (5.21m) season-best. Sophomore Nkem Aduka scored third-place points with her 121'8" (37.08m) best in the discus throw. Sophomore Jacqueline Kirk tied for third in the high jump, getting over the bar at 5'3" (1.60m) on her second attempt.

Tufts' top relay was the 4x800 that was also third. The foursome of junior Lauren Diaz, freshman Tara Lowensohn, senior Julia Noble and junior Rhemi Toth combined for a 9:37.56 finish.

Senior Kylene DeSmith scored in three events. She was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.89 mark that is her PR, the team's 2019 best and a top 35 national mark. She also placed seventh in the triple jump (35'1 ¼" – 10.70m) and anchored the 4x100-meter relay that was eighth in 51.69 seconds. Her relay teammates were sophomore Oliva Schwern, junior Raquel Whiting and freshman Luana Machado.

Machado also scored fourth-place points in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.69) and was the third leg in the fourth-place 4x4. Along with freshman Hannah Neilon, Whiting and junior Julia Gake, they ran a 4:05.08 race.

Senior Sharon Kelmar matched her career best with 10'2" (3.10m) clearance in the pole vault. Classmate Sydney Ladner also got over at 10'2" (3.10m) and took seventh place. Aduka (sixth) and Drake (seventh) both scored in the shot put with 34'9" (10.59m) and 34'6 ¾" (10.53m) marks. In the 5,000 meters, the Jumbos also scored twice as freshman Danielle Page was sixth in 18:10.60 and freshman Anna Slager PR'd with a 18:12.82 for seventh. Gake (1:00.21) and Neilon (1:00.52) were in the final two scoring spots of the 400.

Senior Natalie Bettez ran a top 35 national mark and the Jumbo outdoor season's best 10K with a 37:34.98 time.

Among several sevenths for the Jumbos was a 12:28.47 PR in the steeplechase by sophomore Melissa Rowland. Along with Tierney, the 10 points scored there were the most in any event for Tufts. Sophomore Scarlet Bliss in the long jump (16'8 ¾" – 5.10m), Toth in the 1,500 (4:45.64) and freshman Afroditi Georgiadi in the high jump (a PR matching 5'3" – 1.60m) also had sevenths. Lowensohn ran the 800 in 2:20.35 for eighth place.

The Jumbos travel to Williams College for the New England Division III Championships next weekend.