Women's Outdoor Track & Field Wins Sunshine Classic at Home on Saturday

Brita Dawson had Tufts' best long jump of the season today

MEDFORD - The Tufts University women's track & field team won eight events and captured the team title at the second annual Sunshine Classic held at Dussault Track on Saturday.

The Jumbos compiled 293 team points to out-distance second-place Colby College (196) by almost 100. Third-place UMass Boston came in with a 101 score.

Sophomore Olivia Barnett was first out of 13 entries in the 1,500 meter run with a 4:50.40 time. She won by 0.35 over freshman teammate Nicole Kerrigan (4:50.75). In the 5,000 meter run, Jumbo freshman Cecelia Rosenman crossed the finish line in 19:18.39 for a victory.

The Jumbos took a pair of throwing wins. In the discus, junior Jennifer Sherwill earned her first victory of the season wtih a 124'11" (38.08m) heave to win in a field of eight. Freshman Julia Kissel was first out of nine in the javelin with a 123'5" (37.62m) throw for her first career win.

Tufts took both hurdle events as junior Annalisa DeBari won the 100 hurdles with a 15.37 time and freshman Nehalem Kunkle-Read timed 1:07.05 for first in the 400 hurdles. Kunkle-Read's race was the best Tufts time of the season thus far.

Sophomore Sarah Perkins topped a three-person field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:19.50). Classmate Sydney Ladner did the same in the two-person pole vault, clearing 10'2" (3.10m) to score 10 first-place points.

Tufts' best performance of the day came in the 4x100-meter relay. Ladner, senior co-captain Rita Donohoe, freshman Raquel Whiting and DeBari put together a time of 49.19 seconds that was Tufts' best of the season. Second in the race, it ranks 42nd nationally.

Sophomore Brita Dawson also had a team season-best mark in the long jump, reaching 17'3 1/4" (5.26m).

The Jumbos compete at the Trinity College Invitational next Saturday leading up to the start of the championship season in two weeks.