Women's Track & Field's DeBari Improves 60 Hurdles National Mark at MIT's Gordon Kelly Invitational

Scarlett Bliss finished second in the 600 meters

CAMBRIDGE - Senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari improved her national ranking in the 60-meter hurdles to highlight the Jumbo women's indoor track & field team's day at MIT's Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday.

DeBari ran a time of 8.96 seconds to shave 0.04 off her previous season-best. She had entered the weekend at #12 nationally with the 9.00 time she recorded at home last weekend. Today's 8.96, which was first out of 37 entries in the event at MIT, puts her at #10 as of Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. It's the fourth sub-9.00 mark of her career.

The win was one of two that the Jumbos had at MIT today. Freshman Johanna Ross, who ran with the cross country team at NCAA's back in November, won in her first collegiate 5,000 meters start today. Her time of 18:51.93 topped a field of eight.

Freshman Nkemdilim Aduka continued to progress in the shot put, finishing second among a field of 29 competitors today with a best heave of 38-7 1/2 (11.77m). That's the top mark of the season in the event for the Jumbos.

Four Tufts athletes had runner-up performances overall. Freshman Scarlet Bliss had a season-best 1:44.01 in the 600, as did classmate Haley Rich in the 800 (2:26.25). Adding to a good Tufts showing in the middle distances was sophomore Jennifer Jackson's runner-up 3:13.76 in her first-ever 1,000-meter race.

Third-place marks went to freshman Alexandra Wolf in the mile (5:31.31), senior Sara Stokesbury in the 800 (2:26.45) and junior Evie Heffernan with a 3:19.77 PR also in the 8. Junior Trish Blumeris' 31-11 1/2 (9.74m) in the triple jump is her indoor PR.

There was no team scoring at the MIT meet.

The Jumbos compete at the New England Division III Championships next weekend at Springfield College.

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