MEDFORD - In an outstanding team performance today, the Tufts University women's track & field team posted 13 national top 50 marks including four in the top 10 while winning a home quad meet.
|Melissa Rowland ran the #2 time in the nation for the 3,000-meter steeplechase today.|
Tufts compiled an impressive 277.50 points to win the meet at home on Ellis Oval / Dussault Track. Wesleyan University (130), Trinity College (104) and Connecticut College (100.50) rounded out the team scoring, while Middlebury College also had some individual competitors in the field.
The Jumbos saw two national top-five efforts in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In her first race of the season, Melissa Rowland won the event in 10:48.19 - the #2 mark nationally as of Saturday evening. Anna Slager also improved her national qualifying time to 10:55.35 for #5 in Division III. Connecticut College's Tarvis Hintlian (10:55.27) was in between the two Jumbos with her impressive performance.
Tufts sophomore Lia Rotti posted three outdoor PR's with 38'3 ¼" (11.66m) distance in the triple jump, an 18'4 ¼" (5.59m) effort in the long jump and 11'3 ¾" (3.45m) clearance in the pole vault. She improved her national rankings to ninth (TJ), 16th (LJ) and 35th (PV) with the wins in these events today.
Junior Danielle Page ran an outdoor-best 16:59.05 to win the 5,000 meters. She's ranked 10th in the country with that mark as of Saturday night. Meghan Davis had a 17:53.50 mark for the event that is #43 in DIII. Junior Tara Lowensohn lowered her season and career best 1,500 time to 4:43.39 while winning on Saturday. She's at #40 in the nation.
Sophomore Campbell Devlin won both hurdles events, including a 1:04.72 PR in the 400h that is #13 in Division III. She also posted a 16.35 in her first-ever 110h event. Antonia Knoth's 1:05.88 in the 400h on Saturday is the 35th fastest time in the country to date.
Kathryn Ezeoha with a 37'5 ¾" (11.42m) triple (#25) and sophomore Jen Rotti with a 17'10 ¼" (5.44m) long jump (#41) also had national marks Saturday. Junior Hannah Neilon's 2:17.02 for the 800 was an individual outdoor best and #45 in the nation.
In the high jump, Jaidyn Appel added more first-place points for the hosts with a 5'6" (1.68m) best.
The Jumbos host the Tufts Invitational next Saturday.