MEDFORD – With top-five seeds in 15 events, the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team will look for a high finish at the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships hosted by Trinity College on Saturday.
Outside of Tufts' 2013 conference title, Williams College has won the other 16 NESCAC Championships since 2001. The Ephs will be the favorites again, though Tufts would like to be a thorn in their side while looking to improve upon their sixth-place finish at this meet last season.
Senior co-captain Brittany Bowman, who enters the final championship season of what has become a decorated Tufts career, is the defending champion in the 10,000 meters. She had NESCAC's top times in both the 10K (34:51.07) and the 5,000 meters (16:42.30) this spring, which are #1 and #3 in the nation respectively. Whereas she won't run both in one day, declarations for the 2018 championship were due last night at midnight.
Though Bowman is the only #1 seed, Tufts' line-up is dotted with All-Conference (top three) potential. Senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari is the second seed in the 100 hurdles with a 14.75 mark that is a top national time. She is also fifth in NESCAC in the 200 (25.57) and anchors the 4x4 which ranks fifth (4:00.30).
Sophomore Rhemi Toth emerged this season and has fourth-ranked NESCAC times in both the 8 (2:15.55) and the 15 (4:39.09). Senior co-captain Jennifer Sherwill also has a pair off top five marks in the discus throw (127'7" – 38.88m), where she was third in the conference last year, and in the hammer throw (133'11" – 40.83m).
Sophomore Julia Kissel's school-record 130'7" (39.81m) in the javelin is the #2 seed entering the conference meet. The Jumbos have six top-five marks in the conference for throwing events overall heading into the competition.
The Tufts 4x800-meter relay of sophomore Lauren Diaz, sophomore Nicole Kerrigan, freshman Olivia Martin and Toth are the third seed in the NESCAC race with their season-best 9:54.61 time. Junior co-captain Brita Dawson was third in the NESCAC long jump last season.
Middlebury, host Trinity and Bates will also vie to be among the top five on Saturday.