Bowman's 5K Leads Women's Track & Field at Connecticut College Friday Night

Brittany Bowman ran the nation's sixth-fastest 5K on Friday night

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Competing in the Elite Distance Events portion of Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational on Friday night, junior Brittany Bowman led seven members of the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team who were in action with a strong 5,000 meters race.

Bowman ran 17:01.27 for the 5K, her career-best in the event by five seconds and currently the #6 time in the nation for Division III. The team's best mark in the event so far for the outdoor season, Bowman's time was second out of 55 entries in the event.

Senior Lindsay Atkeson also had a runner-up performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her 11:20.21 time was also a career-best and Tufts' top 3000S time of 2017. The mark ranks 22nd nationally.

A third second-place performance for Tufts came from senior co-captain Samantha Cox in the 1,500 meters. She ran a 4:43.88 time that was the runner-up in the 47-woman race. Like Bowman and Atkeson, the time was Cox's career-best and the Jumbos' best for the season.

The same can be said for freshman Julia Gake's 800-meter time of 2:19.61 on Friday night. She was seventh out of 54 in the race.

Four Jumbos overall competed in the 5,000 meters. In addition to Bowman, sophomore Natalie Bettez was ninth (17:39.22), junior Margot Rashba finished 14th (18:03.82) and junior Olivia Nicholas placed 15th (18:03.98). Bettez's mark is a top 50 national time.

The Silfen Invitational continued on Saturday. With Tufts only competing in these distance events, they did not qualify for the team scoring competition.