DeSmith, Tierney in Action at NCAA Women's Track & Field Championships Thursday

GENEVA, Ohio – Tufts University senior Kylene DeSmith recorded a PR in the shot put as she got started in the heptathlon on day one of the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday.

DeSmith, who is competing at her first NCAA meet, had a 32'1 ½" (9.79m) best in the shot scoring 516 points. The first four of the seven heptathlon events was contested on Thursday. She compiled 2,709 points and is in 17th place with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters coming up tomorrow.

A time of 15.03 in the 100-meter hurdles scored 838 points for DeSmith, her best total of the day. She also cleared 4'11 ½" (1.51m) in the high jump for 632 points and ran 26.87 in the 200 meters for 723 points.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point junior Sylviann Momont leads the heptathlon through Thursday with 3,085 points. The long jump is scheduled to start at 11:30 am EST Friday to begin the second portion of the heptathlon.

Also on Thursday, senior Kelsey Tierney competed in the 1,500 meters preliminaries for Tufts. She posted a 4:54.08 time that was 21st and did not qualify for the final in the event. She was making her second NCAA appearance of the year after placing 10th in the NCAA Indoor 3,000 meters (10:08.26) in March. She also ran in her third NCAA Cross Country Championship back in the fall and was second for Tufts (22:31.4), helping the Jumbos take 12th place nationally.

Washington University in St. Louis leads after one day at NCAA's with a 27 score. Johns Hopkins is second at 19.

In addition to DeSmith finishing the heptathlon, Jumbo junior Rhemi Toth will be in action in the 800 meters preliminaries at the NCAA Outdoor meet on Friday at 4 pm.