|Annalisa DeBari ran Tufts' second-fastest indoor 60 hurdles ever today|
MEDFORD - Junior Annalisa DeBari of the Jumbo women's indoor track & field team exploded for a time of 8.85 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to highlight the team's performance at the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet today at Gantcher Center.
The meet was an opportunity for track & field athletes to improve their national qualifying marks in an attempt to earn an invitation to the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend (Mar. 10-11).
DeBari did just that. She entered the meet ranked #36 nationally with a 9.06 time. Her 8.85 in the 60 hurdles today - 0.21 faster than her previous time - improved her national standing to #8 as of 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. The time was just a tick off the Tufts school record of 8.84 set last season by Marilyn Allen.
As a general rule of thumb, the top 17 marks in every event will qualify for the NCAA meet. All Division III results across the country are expected to be final by 6 p.m. this evening. The official NCAA entries will be announced tomorrow.
DeBari was the only Jumbo able to thrust herself into an NCAA position today, but there are others who look like they will get into the meet. Junior Brittany Bowman is ranked 13th in the 5,000 meters (17:18.88). Bowman is on the bubble for the 3,000 meters, where her 9:55.09 mark is 20th.
Tufts is also on the outside looking in for the distance medley relay, with a 12:06.88 season best that is also 20th. The foursome of senior co-captain Samantha Cox, senior co-captain Rita Donohoe, freshman Rhemi Toth and sophomore Olivia Barnett recorded that mark.
The NCAA meet will be held at the Res Rec Center in Naperville, Illinos.