Women's Outdoor Track & Field Wins for 3rd Time This Spring at Sunshine Classic

Jacqueline Kirk had a career-best high jump today.

MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team finished its regular-season by winning for the third time this spring at the Sunshine Classic on Saturday at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track.

There wasn't any sunshine today, but the Jumbos didn't let that stop them. They won 10 events overall as the team compiled a colossal 305 points, ahead of runner-up Plymouth State (124) and third-place Amherst (84). Tufts previously won the Snowflake Classic at home on March 30 and at a quad meet hosted by MIT with RPI and Bates on April 6.

Junior Alina Strileckis in the 100 meters (12.73), sophomore Jacqueline Kirk in the high jump (5'3 ½" – 1.61m), senior Sydney Ladner in the pole vault (10'9" – 3.28m) and freshman Kathryn Ezeoha in the triple jump (35'11 ¼" – 10.95m) all had Tufts' season-best marks, hit PR's and won their events. Kirk's effort was a national top 40 mark.

The 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Olivia Schwern, junior Raquel Whiting, senior Kylene DeSmith and Strileckis had a Tufts season-best time of 50.09 seconds and won the race.

Other Jumbo victories and PR's in running events came from freshman Tara Lowensohn in the 800 with a 2:17.96, senior Julia Noble in the 1,500 (4:50.86) and freshman Lucy Tumavicus in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:37.18).

Senior co-captain Evelyn Drake won the hammer throw for the second time this season at a 147'8" (45.01m) distance this time. Junior Erin Logee was first in the javelin throw with a 101'11" (31.07m) toss.

Tufts starts the championship season next Saturday at the NESCAC meet hosted by Middlebury College.