|Annalisa DeBari is a two-time All-American in the 60-meter hurdles|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior co-captains Brittany Bowman and Annalisa DeBari of the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team both ran All-American times on Saturday to help the Jumbos tie for 11th place in the team scoring at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships.
The team finish is the best for head coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos since Tufts took ninth at the 2011-12 NCAA indoor meet.
Bowman, who won the NCAA title in the 5,000 meters on Friday, completed an extraordinary weekend by finishing fourth in the 3,000 meters on Saturday. Her 9:39.98 time was less than a second out of second place, where Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Bryn McKillop had a 9:39.04 finish. Brandeis University's Emily Bryson won the 3K national championship with a 9:33.99 time.
The 3K performance gives Bowman six All-American awards in her Tufts track and cross country career. She has also been 18th at the 2016 NCAA Championship, eighth in the 5K indoors last March, fifth in the 10K outdoors last May and 11th at the cross country Nationals this past November. Today's 3K time is Bowman's career best by six seconds.
DeBari was fifth in the NCAA 60-meter hurdles for the second straight indoor season on Saturday, giving her All-American honors for the second year in a row. She ran a time of 8.89 seconds in Saturday's national final and scored four points towards Tufts' team point total. The 8.79 she ran in the preliminaries on Friday is the Tufts record. One of two New England athletes in the final, DeBari was 0.03 behind Wheaton College's Raevyn Fontaine (8.86) in fourth place. Geneva's Nicole Bartoletta won today's race in 8.71 seconds.
New England took the top two spots in the team scoring at the NCAA meet, which was held at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama. Mass.-Boston won the national title with 46 team points and NESCAC's Williams College was second with a 37 score.