MEDFORD – Seniors Kylene DeSmith and Kelsey Tierney along with junior Rhemi Toth of the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team will represent the Jumbos at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships in Geneva, Ohio next week.
DeSmith will make her first career appearance at the NCAA Championships competing in the heptathlon. Tierney has qualified for her first NCAA Outdoor meet in the 1,500 meters. She was 10th in the NCAA Indoor 3,000 meters (10:08.26) in March and has run in three NCAA Cross Country meets. Toth, who qualified in the 800 meters, will run in her third NCAA meet overall, but first outdoors. She was an All-American (seventh place) in the mile run last March at the indoor meet with a 4:55.13 time. She also ran with distance medley relay that placed 10th at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships (12:04.56).
DeSmith and Toth hit their qualifying marks within the last week. DeSmith recorded a score of 4,507 points in the hepthathlon at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championships hosted by Southern Connecticut May 10-11. She is ranked 20th among 22 NCAA qualifiers in the multi-event. Toth recorded her qualifying mark of 2:13.48 at the MIT Final Qualifying Meet on Thursday and earned the last of 22 entries into the NCAA race. Tierney's 4:37.44 from Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational on April 12 got her in as the 21st of 22 individuals in the 15.
DeSmith had PRs in the high jump (5'3" - 1.60m), long jump (16'8 ½" - 5.09m), shot put (31'3" - 9.52m), 200 meters (26.17) and 800 meters (2:33.28) to achieve her score at the NEICAAA's. Her total was over a 300-point personal best and put her #2 all-time at Tufts behind Jessica Trombly. Toth was ranked 25th nationally and Tierney was 29th in their respective events for the season, but moved up to earn berths into the NCAA's once declarations were finalized Friday night.
The NCAA meet is being held next Thursday through Saturday (May 23-25) at the SPIRE Institute with the University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission as hosts.
The heptathlon will be contested on Thursday and Friday with the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters on day one, then the long jump, javelin and 800 meters on day two. Both day's events begin at 11:30 am EST. For the 1,500 meters, the preliminaries run on Thursday at 3:55 pm with the final at 12:25 pm Saturday. The preliminaries for the 800 meters is on Friday at 4 pm with the final on Saturday at 1:50 pm.