DeSmith, Aduka Post Wins for Women's Track & Field at MIT on Saturday

Olivia Steiner had the Jumbos' best long jump of the year thus far

CAMBRIDGE – Senior Kylene DeSmith and sophomore Nkem Aduka both won their events with PR's as the Tufts women's indoor track & field team competed at MIT's Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday.

DeSmith finished the 60-meter hurdles in 9.22 seconds, a mark that is the team's season-best and also a top 50 national time in Division III. Aduka also hit the team's season-best to go with her PR of 39'3 ¾" (11.98m) in the shot put. The victory is the first indoors of Aduka's young career. For DeSmith, it's the fourth invidual victory of her career and first in the hurdles.

In the long jump, Tufts sophomore Olivia Steiner had a PR and the team's best mark of 2019 with a 16'10 ¾" (5.15m). She was fourth at the meet. Classmate Jacqueline Kirk matched her PR in the high jump clearing 5'3" (1.60m) for third place at MIT.

Freshman Lucy Tumavicus was the runner-up in the mile run with a 5:31.51 mark. Senior Evelyn Drake was third in the weight throw (47'9" – 14.55m), as was sophomore Melissa Rowland in the 3,000 meters (11:36.92) and junior Sarah Oliver in the 1,000 (3:14.09).

The foursome of junior Nehalem Kunkle-Read, DeSmith, sophomore Hannah Norowitz and sophomore Scarlet Bliss won in a small 4x4 field with a 4:17.61 finish.