|Annalisa DeBari ran the fastest 60 hurdles time in Tufts history|
SPRINGFIELD - Senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari ran a school-record time in the 60-meter hurdles and senior co-captain Brittany Bowman notched a national top-five performance in the 3,000 meters to lead the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team at the 2018 New England Division III Championships hosted by Springfield College on Saturday. The Jumbos finished fourth with a score of 52 points.
Bowman and Coast Guard freshman Kaitlyn Mooney waged an incredible battle in the 3,000 meters with it coming down to the wire. Mooney won the race at 9:45.69 to Bowman's 9:45.89 for second place. Bowman's time was a PR and improved her national ranking in the event to fifth as of Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. It improved upon her previous season-best of 9:46.93.
DeBari had the top preliminary time in the 60-meter hurdles today with a blazing 8.83 seconds, 0.01 faster than the previous Tufts record of 8.84 held by Marilyn Allen from 2016. In the finals of the event, DeBari placed third in 8.96 seconds. Her preliminary time is #4 nationally at the moment.
The Jumbos were the runner-up in three events at Springfield. In addition to Bowman in the 3K, sophomore Julia Gake was second in the 600 for the second straight year. Her 1:37.65 finish was half-a-second behind New England champion Jenny Aguiar from Wesleyan (1:37.15).
Tufts also had the #2 4x800-meter relay at today's New England D3 meet with a 9:32.85 time. Sophomore Nicole Kerrigan, freshman Olivia Martin, freshman Emily Murray and sophomore Rhemi Toth were the foursome.
As usual at the regional championship, Tufts scored well in the relays overall. They were also fourth in the 4x4 (4:02.46), fourth in the distance medley relay (12:46.39) and sixth in the 4x2 (1:48.19). The 4x400 lined up with DeBari, sophomore Nehalem Kunkle-Read, sophomore Raquel Whiting and Gake. The DMR team was Martin, sophomore Sarah Levine, junior Julia Noble and Bowman. Kunkle-Read, Whiting, junior Brita Dawson and freshman Olivia Schwern made up the 4x2.
Toth also finished the 1,000 meters in 3:03.09 to score sixth-place points for the Jumbos. Besides Bowman, the Tufts distance team chipped in some points as junior Sarah Perkins took seventh in the 3K (10:31.04), senior Margot Rashba was seventh in the 5,000 meters (18:17.08) and junior Kelsey Tierney ran eighth in the 5K (18:23.46).
Senior Jennifer Sherwill also added a point in the shot put with a 37-8 (11.48m) mark for eighth place.
New England champion Williams College (149 points) and runner-up MIT (127) were far ahead of the field today. Host Middlbury took third with a 73 score followed by Tufts and then Bowdoin in fifth (43).
Tufts has national-qualifying meets at Boston University next Sunday and at home on March 3 before the NCAA meet coming up March 9-10.