Women's Track & Field Posts Several Season-Bests at Home Cupid Challenge

Olivia Schwern had a good day in the sprints for Tufts

MEDFORD – Senior co-captain Evelyn Drake won the weight throw as the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team hosted the Cupid Challenge on Saturday at the Gantcher Center.

Drake was the only event winner for the Jumbos, though several Tufts competitors posted the team's best marks of the season in their events. The meet did not include team scoring.

In the weight throw, Drake's 50'0 ½" (15.25m) defeated a field of 18 competitors. It did not top her season-best mark of 50'3 ½" (15.33m) which ranks 45th in Division III.

The Jumbos had a good day in the weights overall as sophomore Nkem Aduka was the runner-up in the shot put. Her 38'3 ½" (11.67m) distance was the team's best of the year thus far. Drake was fifth in the event at 34'7 ¾" (10.56m).

Sophomore Olivia Schwern qualified through the preliminaries and semifinals in the 60 meter dash, then posted a team season-best and personal record time of 8.19 seconds for fifth place in the final. She also ran a team season-best 27.18 seconds in the 200 meters.

Senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney had a national top 35 mark in the 5,000 meters with an 18:01.66 flat-track time that was a team season-best. Converted to a 17:53.44 it's #34 nationally.

Two relays had Tufts' best 2018-19 times. Freshman Tara Lowensohn, freshman Julia Worden, junior Franny Kiles and freshman Luana Machado put together a 1:48.63 in the 4x200 meters relay. Junior Lauren Diaz, junior Julia Gake, sophomore Olivia Martin and junior Rhemi Toth finished the 4x8 in a 9:41.22 time. The foursomes were fourth and second at the meet, respectively.

The Jumbos' 4x4 of Lowensohn, sophomore Kristen Andersen, junior Raquel Whiting and Machado was also second with a 4:04.61 finish. The mark is converted to a 4:01.41 banked-track time that is #30 nationally, giving Tufts two 4x4's in the national top 30.

Junior Lydia Heely added a third-place 3:06.35 finish in the 1,000 meters.

Next weekend is the last of the regular-season as the Jumbos are scheduled to compete at Boston University's David Hemery Invitational and at the MIT Invitational.