GENEVA, Ohio – Senior Kylene DeSmith of the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team hit PR's in all three events as she completed the heptathlon at the 2019 NCAA Championship Meet on Friday.
Starting with the long jump, DeSmith's 17'0 ½" (5.19m) today scored 612 points. It bettered her previous career best of 16'8 ½" (5.09m). Then in the javelin throw, she was eighth out of 22 in the event with 100'6" (30.63m) distance. Scoring 489 points in the event, it improved her PR in the javelin that was formerly 91'4" (27.84m). In the final heptathlon event of the day and of the two-day multi-event competition, DeSmith ran 2:30.41 in the 800 meters to accumulate 688 points. Her previous PR was 2:33.28.
DeSmith had entered Friday with 2,709 points from the four events on Thursday (100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters). She added 1,789 points in three events today to finish with a 4,498 total. In her first-ever NCAA action, DeSmith was 15th overall in the competition.
Also on Friday, Tufts junior Rhemi Toth competed in the 800 meters preliminaries and her 2:21.60 mark placed 22nd. She was running in her third NCAA meet overall, but first outdoors. She was an All-American (seventh place) in the mile run last March at the indoor meet with a 4:55.13 time. She also ran with distance medley relay that placed 10th at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships (12:04.56).
Washington University in St. Louis leads the NCAA women's team scoring with 27 points after two days. Johns Hopkins is second (19).
Today's NCAA action by the Jumbos concluded their stay at the national championship. The meet, which started Thursday, is being held at the SPIRE Institute with the University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission as hosts.