4x4 Highlights Women's Track & Field Home Opener at Gantcher

Rita Donohoe led off the 4x4 and won the 60 dash

MEDFORD - The Tufts University women's indoor track & field 4x400-meter relay foursome ran a top 10 national time for early in the 2017 season as the Jumbos hosted the Tufts Invitational on Saturday at the Gantcher Center.

The Tufts 4x4 consisted of senior co-captain Rita Donohoe, freshman Julia Gake, senior co-captain Hannah Loss and freshman Nehale Kunkle-Read. They put together a 4:06.47 time which won the race and ranks sixth nationally for Division III as of Saturday afternoon.

Donohoe added a pair of strong sprint performances to her relay contribution. She won the 60-meter dash with an 8.29 time and was second in the 200 meters in 27.06 seconds. Junior Annalisa DeBari had won the 60 meters preliminaries in 8.24 seconds and was second in the final with an 8.30 time.

DeBari's 9.33 in the 60-meter hurdles prelims is an early-season top 20 national time. Kunkle-Read was second in the finals of the event with a 9.44 (26th nationally) with DeBari in fourth (9.47).

Junior Eliza Lawless ran 5:23.97 in a strong mile field, submitting a time that is just outside of the Division III top 10. Senior Alice Wasserman returned to the track after missing last season while studying abroad and ran a solid 10:44.66 to win the 3,000 meters.

Lawless ran third in the Jumbo 4x800 relay which won their race in a 10:33.93 time. Junior Margot Rashba led off, followed by sophomore Sarah Perkins and junior Sara Stokesbury anchoring. 

Freshman Rhemi Toth debuted with a 2:28.24 to win the 800, while classmate Jennifer Jackson also had a victory with her 19:54.72 time in the 5,000 meters. Gake was the runner-up in the 600 (1:38.83) in her collegiate debut.

Senior Keren Hendel was first in the pole vault with a 9'0 1/4" (2.75m) best. 

Head coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos compete at Bowdoin College next Saturday (Jan. 21).

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