DeSmith Finishes 10th at New England D3 Indoor Pentathlon Championship

Kylene DeSmith was third in the 60 hurdles in the event

CAMBRIDGE - Sophomore Kylene DeSmith of the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team took 10th place out of 14 competitors in the pentathlon at the 2017 New England Division III Championship hosted by MIT on Friday.

DeSmith totaled 2,889 points in the five-event competition (60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters). She was 20 points behind ninth-place Emily Close from Southern Maine (2,909).

Both the finish and the score were big improvements for DeSmith this season. She entered the day as the #13 seed in the event following a 2,648 score in a multi-event at home on January 27.

The best event for DeSmith today was the 60-meter hurdles where her time of 9.65 seconds scored 779 points and was third out of the 14 entries. She had strong performances in the 800 meters (2:37.05) and the long jump (16'5 3/4" - 5.02m) also, totaling 607 and 565 points respectively. Her 4'7" (1.4m) high jump scored 512 points, while a shot put toss of 27'7 1/4" (8.41m) added 426 points.

Middlebury College's Maddie Pronovost won the event with a 3,408 score, more than 200 higher than second-place Abigail McAdams from WPI (3,204). 

The rest of the New England Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship at MIT will take place tomorrow. Field events begin at 11 a.m. and the track events start at noon.