Bowman Wins NESCAC 10,000 Meters Title to Lead Women's Track & Field

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Junior Brittany Bowman of the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team won the 10,000 meter run at the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship hosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday.

Bowman's winning time of 35:37.17 was more than a minute faster than runner-up Katherine Treanor from Amherst College, who came across the finish line in a 36:41.84 time. Running her first 10K race of the season, Bowman's mark is ranked sixth nationally for Division III as of Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

The 10 first-place points scored by Bowman led Tufts, who finished sixth out of 11 teams with a total of 65 points. The Jumbos were just four points out of fourth place, where Colby College finished at 69. Fifth-place and host Bowdoin College scored 68. Williams College won the NESCAC title with a 239.83 score, followed by Bates (107) and Middlebury (97.66).

The Jumbos got a pair of strong performances out of sophomore Brita Dawson in the long jump and classmate Sydney Ladner in the pole vault. Dawson's 17'4 1/2" (5.29m) was third overall to gain All-Conference honors. Ladner placed fourth in the pole vault at 10'2" (3.10). They combined for 11 points.

Junior thrower Jennifer Shwerwill scored 10 points individually. She was also All-Conference in the discus throw, as her 127'11" (38.98m) mark was third. She placed fifth in the shot put, heaving the ball 38'6 1/4" (11.74m).

Two Jumbos scored in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Senior Lindsay Atkeson took third in an 11:33.45 time, while sophomore Sarah Perkins was eighth (11:56.57).

Tufts had a few freshman fifth-place finishes help their cause. Haley Barthel stepped up to score four fifth-place points in the 5,000 meter run with a 17:47.52 finish. Classmate Nehalem Kunkle-Read finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.91 for fifth place. In the javelin throw, Julia Kissel's 128'5" (39.14m) was fifth.

Senior co-captain Rita Donohoe earned sixth place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.64 seconds, while senior co-captain Samantha Cox had a 4:42.31 mark in the 1,500 for seventh place. Sophomore Kylene DeSmith also registered a seventh in the triple jump, reaching 34'7 1/2" (10.55m). Freshman Erin Logee was seventh in the jav (122'9" - 37.42m).

Tufts ran two sixths and a seventh in the relays. Ladner, Donohoe, freshman Raquel Whiting and junior Annalisa DeBari timed 49.74 seconds in the 4x100 for sixth place. The 4x800 foursome of Cox, freshman Lauren Diaz, freshman Nicole Kerrigan and junior Sara Stokesbury had a 9:39.27 time also good for sixth. Kunkle-Read, Gake, DeBari and Donohoe were seventh in the 4x4 (4:02.39).

The Jumbos dealt with some misfortune during the day, which would finish with them closely missing out on a higher place. They were ninth four times, narrowly missing a scoring spot - Julia Gake in the 400, Natalie Bettez in the 5,000, Margot Rashba in the 10,000 and Sharon Kelmar in the pole vault. DeBari, an All-American indoors in the 60-meter hurdles, qualified in the 100-meter hurdles today, but was unable to run in the final.

Tufts continues the championship season at the New England Division III meet hosted by Williams College next weekend.