|Trish Blumeris posted a career-best in the triple jump this afternoon|
MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's indoor track & field team's distance medley relay (DMR) improved its season-best time at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
The event was an opportunity for individuals and relays to better their national qualifying chances for the last time. Many took advantage, as over 40 teams had representatives at the meet. Most were from New England, but some came from as far away as Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships are next weekend (Mar. 8-9) at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
The DMR foursome of senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney, junior Julia Gake, junior Lauren Diaz and junior Rhemi Toth put together an 11:59.79 flat-track time which converts to an 11:52.16 banked-track mark for national qualifying purposes. However, it's ranked 22nd nationally and only the top 12 relays will get a spot in the NCAA field.
Despite not recording any qualifying marks at the meet, Tufts' competitors had several PR's. Senior co-captain Evelyn Drake had a career-best weight throw of 51'11 ¼" (15.83m) that ranks 39th nationally. Senior Kylene DeSmith ran a PR in the 60-meter dash (8.26) as well as matching her PR in the 60-meter hurdles (9.22). Senior Julia Noble had a career-best in the mile (5:16.67), as did classmate Trish Blumeris in the triple jump (34'0 ¼" – 10.37m).
Freshman Afroditi Georgiadi also matched her season-best in the triple at 33'9 ¼" (10.29m).
Tufts has Tierney in the 3K (9:42.49) and Toth in the mile (4:57.39) ranked sixth and 14th nationally and looking good for earning NCAA berths.