BOSTON – Junior Rhemi Toth of the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team earned All-American honors in the mile run at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships in Boston on Saturday.
Competing at the Reggie Lewis Center, Toth ran a career-best 4:55.13 to place seventh in the race. The top eight earn All-American honors and score team points. Ten competitors were in the mile final after qualifying on Friday.
Toth had qualified for the NCAA meet with a 4:57.39 mile during the regular-season. The first sub-five minute mile of her career had her ranked 14th entering Nationals. Yesterday she advanced to the NCAA final with a 5:03.48 time. Today she was comfortably an All-American as her time was nine seconds faster than the ninth-place finisher (5:04.2). Toth beat MIT's Marissa Phillips (4:55.52) to the line for seventh place. The pair were two of five New England runners in the top eight. Brandeis senior Emily Bryson won the NCAA mile title in 4:45.80.
This is Toth's first career All-American honor. She was running at the NCAA indoor meet for the second time after placing 10th with the distance medley relay at last year's event.
Also on Saturday, Tufts senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney ran in the NCAA 3,000 meters final and placed 10th. Her 10:08.26 time was 13 seconds out of eighth-place (9:54.83), which would have secured All-American honors and team points. Tierney had run huge PR of 9:42.49 to qualify for her first NCAA Track trip. She then was one of 12 qualifiers for the final yesterday with another strong 9:58.64 mark.
With the two points scored by Toth in the mile, the Jumbos finished tied for 64th in the team standings. Williams College won the 2019 NCAA team title with a score of 42.