Freshman Julia Kissel Breaks Women's Track & Field Javelin Record in First Meet

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Freshman Julia Kissel broke the Tufts University Women's Outdoor Track & Field javelin throw record in the first outdoor meet of her collegiate career at the UNLV Invitational on Saturday.

Natalie Bettez scored in the 5,000 meters for the Jumbos

Head coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos, who brought a large contingent to Nevada on their spring break trip, posted several top 30 national performances at the meet. Kissel topped them all, with her 130'2" (39.64m) distance ranking third nationally early in the outdoor season. She threw more than five feet better than the previous Tufts record of 124'10" (38.04) set by Robin Armstrong in 2014. Kissel scored fourth at the meet for five team points.

The Jumbos joined 13 other schools from the Western United States at the meet. Tufts scored 14 points total to place 12th in the team scoring.

Senior Samantha Cox posted the 10th-best time in the nation for the 1,500 with a 4:50.12 time. Freshman Julia Gake sits just outside of the top 10 for DIII with the 59.03 she ran in the 400 meters Saturday.

Sophomore Natalie Bettez and freshman Haley Barthel both scored at the meet and ran national top 25 times in the 5,000 meters. Bettez's 18:09.54 ranks #16 in the nation and was seventh (two points) at the meet. Barthel clocked an 18:16.67 that was eighth in the race (one point) and stands 22nd in the country.

Junior Jennifer Sherwill and sophomore Brita Dawson both submitted a pair of top 30 national performances at UNLV. Dawson's 16'9 ¾" (5.12m) in the long jump is the #22 mark in DIII, while her 4'11" (1.52m) clearance in the high jump is 23rd. Sherwill had a 117'8" (35.87m) discus throw that is 25th on the national list as well as a 37'3 ¼" (11.36m) in the shot put which ranks 29th.

Junior Annalisa DeBari, fresh off a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles, added a 12.77 time in the 100 meters today which ranks 26th in DIII.

The highest scorer for Tufts was sophomore Sarah Perkins, who placed third in a small 3,000-meter steeplechase field with a 12:37.65 finish. She scored six team points with that mark, which currently ranks 37th nationally.

The Jumbos host the annual Snowflake Classic to begin the outdoor season at home in two weeks on April 1.