Bowman Establishes Women's Track 3,000 National Ranking at Tufts Stampede

Sydney Ladner had a successful day in three events

MEDFORD - Junior Brittany Bowman ran a national top 10 time in the 3,000 meters to highlight the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team's performance in the Tufts Stampede at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.

Among collegiate competitors, Bowman was second in the 3K on Saturday with a 9:55.09 time. It marked the third event in which she now has a national top 15 time as it ranks sixth in DIII as of 8:45 Saturday night. She's also fourth in the 5,000 meters (17:18.88) and 12th in the mile (5:06.75).

Sophomore Natalie Bettez added her name to the list of Jumbos who have top national times in the 5,000 meters this winter. The 18:18.45 she ran today for fifth place is ranked 30th nationally. Head coach Kristen Morwick's team has six runners among the top 46 in the event nationally.

The Jumbos took the top three spots in an 800-meters race which featured 33 entrants today. Julia Gake continued the strong start to her collegiate career with a 2:22.45 to win the race. She was followed closely by classmate Lauren Diaz (2:22.86) and senior co-captain Samantha Cox (2:22.96).

Sophomore Sydney Ladner matched Tufts' season-best in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.24 seconds in the preliminaries, narrowly missing qualifying for the final. Freshman Nicole Kerrigan also equaled the team best for 2017 in the 1,000 meters by finishing as the runner-up in 3:05.66.

The Jumbo 4x200 relay also had a season-best time of 1:47.57. That was run by senior co-captain Rita Donohoe, Ladner, freshman Alina Strileckis and junior Annalisa DeBari. They were fourth out of 13 in the event.

DeBari was third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.41), as was senior co-captain Alice Wasserman in the 1,000 meters (3:10.76).

Junior Jennifer Sherwill knotched season-bests in the shot put at 36'2" (11.02m) and in the weight throw with a 39'10 3/4" (12.16m) launch.

Tufts will be at home again next Saturday for the Cupid Challenge at the Gantcher Center.