Women's Track & Field Finishes as Runner-Up at Home Snowflake Classic

MEDFORD - The Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team piled up points in the 100-, 200- and 800-meter races on its way to a second-place finish at the annual Snowflake Classic on their home Dussault Track Sunday.

Rita Donohoe scored high in the 100 and 200 dashes

The Jumbos compiled a 116 score overall, just three behind meet winner Boston University's 119. Southern New Hampshire and RPI tied for third at 67 while Stonehill was fifth (64.50).

Tufts earned four scoring finishes in the 800 meters, led by freshman Julia Gake in second place (2:20.51). She was followed by senior co-captain Samantha Cox in third (2:20.66), freshman Rhemi Toth in seventh (2:23.66) and junior Sara Stokesbury in eighth (2:23.99). 

Senior co-captain Rita Donohoe, sophomore Sydney Ladner and freshman Raquel Whiting combined to score 15 points in the 100-meter dash. Donohoe was the runner-up in the race at 13.16 seconds, while Ladner crossed the finish line fifth with a 13.33 mark. Whiting's 13.41 was sixth.

Both Donohoe and Whiting joined junior Annalisa DeBari as a scoring trio in the 200 meters. DeBari was fourth at 26.93, followed closely by Donohoe's 27-flat in fifth place. Whiting scored eighth in 27.25 seconds.

DeBari had the top performance for the day for Tufts, running 14.88 in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries. That time ranks ninth nationally as of 10:15 p.m. Sunday night.

The Jumbos totaled 24 points in the three relay races. They won a three-team 4x800 with freshman Nicole Kerrigan, sophomore Julia Noble, junior Eliza Lawless and senior Sophia Passacantando timing 10:20.55. The 4x4 squad of Cox, junior Julia Prusaczyk, senior co-captain Hannah Loss and Gake was second with a 4:09.34 finish. In the 4x1, Ladner, Donohoe, freshman Frances Kiles and DeBari combined on a time of 50.55 seconds which was third.

Sophomore Kylene DeSmith registered a solid double in the jumps, placing four in both the long jump (16'7 3/4" - 5.07m) and triple jump (33'4" - 10.16m). Junior thower Jennifer Sherwill also scored in a pair of events, including a fourth in the discus at 126'4" (38.50m).

Tufts had the fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes in an eight-person 10K with freshman Jennifer Jackson (41:15.34), senior Sarah Corning (41:16.29) and junior Franchesca Burgos (41:17.57) respectively. They combined for 12 team points.

The Jumbos compete at tri-meet hosted by Bates College and including MIT next Saturday.

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