|Hannah Neilon earned individual and relay wins for Tufts|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The 4x400-meter relay won their race with a top 10 national time today to highlight the Jumbo women's indoor track & field team's performance at the Bowdoin Invitational.
Tufts' foursome of junior Julia Gake, freshman Tara Lowensohn , freshman Luana Machado and freshman Hannah Neilon combined on a 4:02.87 time in the 4x4. They edged Bowdoin by half a second and took the #6 spot in the national rankings for the event.
One of three freshmen in the 4x4, Neilon also won the 600 meters with a 1:37.62 time. Junior Rhemi Toth also was a winner for Tufts with a personal record 2:57.63 in the 1,000 meters.
Junior Evelyn Drake had a strong day in the throws, winning the weight throw (47'11 ¾" – 14.62m) and placing third in the shot put at 36'9" (11.20m). The shot put mark is her PR.
Lowensohn added a runner-up finish in the 400 meters (1:01.21) to her relay victory. Gake was second behind Neilon in the event – just 0.07 slower in 1:37.69 - to notch her own runner-up individual finish in addition to the 4x4 win. Lowensohn's mark was top 50 in DIII.
Four third-place efforts for the Jumbos were led by junior Lauren Diaz's 2:19.88 mark in the 800. That places her 16th on the national list. Two other thirds for Tufts came from senior Kelsey Tierney in the 3,000 (10:24.82) and freshman Danielle Page in the 5,000 (18:45.60), earning #23 and #43 national rankings, respectively. Sophomore Jacqueline Kirk cleared the bar at 4'11" (1.50m) for third in the high jump.
All of the nationally-ranked running marks set by the Jumbos are adjusted to a banked track time due to the NCAA Championships behind held on a banked track at Boston's Reggie Lewis Center this year.
Tufts placed third out of six teams at Bowdoin's second invitational of the indoor season today. They scored 129.5 points, behind only first-place MIT (170) and host Bowdoin in second (131).
The Jumbos host the second annual Branwen Smith-King Invitational at the Gantcher Center next Saturday.