BOSTON – Both senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney and junior Rhemi Toth of the Tufts University women's indoor track & field team qualified for the finals in their respective events on Friday at the NCAA Division III Championships in Boston.
Running in the preliminaries at the Reggie Lewis Center, Tierney was among the top 12 finishers in the 3,000 meters and Toth was in the top 10 for the mile run to advance to Saturday.
Tierney ran a 9:58.64 time that was sixth out of 20 entries in the NCAA 3,000 meters today. It was the second-fastest time of her career aside of her 9:47.48 national qualifying mark this season. An indoor track national qualifier for the first time, Tierney will run in the 3,000 meters final on Saturday at 4:40 pm. Among the 12 finalists, she will need to place in the top eight to score team points and earn All-American honors.
Toth's 5:03.48 mile today was ninth out of 10 qualifiers that move on to the field. The event had 20 entries overall. In a closely-contested race, Toth was just 1.83 seconds behind the 5:01.65 that Katherine Diekema from Calvin won the preliminaries with. Toth was also just 1.86 seconds ahead of 11th-place finish Rhoen Fiutak from Wesleyan (5:05.34), who did not qualify. The mile final is on Saturday at 3:05 pm, where Toth will need to finish among the top eight to score and receive her first career All-American honors.
With no team points awarded in the preliminaries, Tufts did not score in Friday's events at the NCAA meet.