|Lauren Diaz was the 1,000 meters winner|
MEDFORD – Junior Rhemi Toth ran a top 10 national time in the mile to lead the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team at the second annual Branwen Smith-King Invitational on Saturday at the Gantcher Center.
The Jumbos placed second as a team out of 19 with 130 points. Stonehill won the meet with a 157 score. Amherst was in third at 97 points.
Toth's 5:02.47 time was a personal record in the mile and won the event. Converted to a 4:59.51 banked track time, it's the #9 mark iin the country as of 9 p.m. Saturday night. Toth's mile was the best national mark to come out of the meet.
The Jumbos also had wins in the 600, 1,000 and 3,000 meters. Cross country sensation Natalie Bettez returned to the track for the first time since December 2017 last week at Bowdoin and today won the 3,000 with a 10:29.83 PR. Junior Lauren Diaz added a 3:03.37 victory in the 1,000. Freshman Luana Machado was first in the 600 (1:38.77) with classmate Tara Lowensohn right behind her (1:41.00) as Tufts' newcomers led a 29-woman field.
Two Tufts relays were runners-up. The 4x2 timed 1:50.13 with Raquel Whiting, Franny Kiles, Kristen Andersen and Olivia Schwern teaming up. The 4x8 of Emily Murray, Lydia Heely, Alexandra Wolf and Kelsey Tierney combined for a 10:01.71 finish. Tierney was also third behind Toth in the mile with a 5:12.23 time converted to 5:09.17 for #35 in the nation.
Senior Evelyn Drake continued to post high finishes in the throws, taking second in the weight at 48'4" (14.73m).
The Jumbos had three of the top five in today's 800 meters, led by junior Julia Gake who was third with a 2:23.77 race.
In other Jumbo national rankings, senior Kylene DeSmith's 2,996 converted score from Friday's pentathlon at "the Bran" is 29th on the national qualifying list. Her 9.29 mark in the 60-meter hurdles during the pentathlon is at #41.
Tufts doubles up next weekend with both the All-New England Championships and their own Cupid Challenge. The New England meet is being held in the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, site of the NCAA indoor championships in March.