Toth, Neilon Win Events as Women's Indoor Track & Field Places 3rd at New England D3's

Freshman Hannah Neilon won the 600 to lead a 1-2-3 finish in the event for Tufts

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Junior Rhemi Toth and freshman Hannah Neilon both won events and the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team finished third at the 2019 New England Division III Championships on Saturday at Bowdoin College. This marks the fourth straight year Tufts has been top five at this competition.

Toth won the 1,000 meters in a 2:55.37 PR and Neilon took the 600 with a 1:36.33 time. In the 6, Tufts had the top three finishers to score 24 points in the event as freshman Luana Machado was second (1:36.58) and junior Julia Gake (1:36.88) ran third.

The Jumbos compiled 67 points overall to finish behind only New England champion Williams College (140) and runner-up MIT (87.5) in the team statndings. Middlebury was fourth at 57 and host Bowdoin placed fifth with a 52 score.

The Jumbo 4x800-relay ran the third-fastest time in Tufts history with their 9:25.38 mark that was second at the meet. The foursome consisted of sophomore Scarlet Bliss, junior Lauren Diaz, senior Julia Noble and Toth.

Senior Kelsey Tierney ran a massive PR in the 3,000 meters with a 9:47.48 time that was third in the race. Converted to a 9:42.49 banked-track time for national ranking purposes, it's #6 in the DIII list as of 6:45 pm Saturday night.

Diaz posted a national top 25 mark with her 2:17.28 finish in the 800 (2:15.72 converted). She was sixth at the meet.

Senior Evelyn Drake also had a big PR with a 51'10" (15.80m) for fourth-place points in the weight throw. The distance was a top 40 national mark. The 4x4 of freshman Tara Lowensohn, Neilon, Machado and Gake finished in 4:00.47 also for fourth place.

Sophomore Jacqueline Kirk tied for sixth in the high jump, clearing 5'2 ¼" (1.58m).

Tufts narrowly missed scoring points in the triple jump, where Kathryn Ezeoha was ninth (35'6 ¾" – 10.84m), and in the 60-meter hurdles with senior Kylene DeSmith (9.50) also finishing ninth.

Tufts had entered Saturday with four points after DeSmith in the pentathlon (sixth) and the distance medley relay (eighth) scored on Friday.

The Jumbos will host a Last Chance Qualifier next Saturday at the Gantcher Center, which will provide an opportunity to record NCAA-qualifying marks.