Women's Track & Field Places 3rd at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational

Luana Machado ran second in the 400-meter hurdles today.

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team placed third at Connecticut College's annual Silfen Invitational, held Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos combined to total 94.5 points over the two days.

Senior Kylene DeSmith finished second in the heptathlon, with the last three events contested on Saturday. She scored a total of 4,195 points, which ranks 14th nationally as of midnight on Saturday. Her 16'7" (5.05m) distance in the long jump scored 573 points on Saturday. She added 590 points with a 2:38.52 time in the 800 meters.

Freshman Luana Machado placed second in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday with a 1:05.70 time. It's a top 50 national mark. Tufts also scored eighth in the event with sophomore Hannah Norowitz running 1:08.45. The Jumbos also had a runner-up performance in the triple jump with a 35'6"(10.82m) effort from freshman Kathryn Ezeoha.

Tufts scored third-place points with the 4x800-meter relay of sophomore Kristen Anderson, sophomore Scarlet Bliss, sophomore Emily Murray and freshman Alison Moky. Their time was a 10:15.02. Junior Julia Gake was third as well in the 400 meters, matching her season-best of 58.90 seconds.

The 4x4 of Bliss, junior Sarah Levine, junior Jennifer Krupa and Murray combined on a 4:02.55 that was fourth at the race and is #35 nationally. Senior Evelyn Drake was fourth in the hammer throw at Connecticut College with 145'6" (44.34m) distance.

Tufts also had Bliss tie for fifth in the long jump at 16'10 ¾" (5.15m), matching her season-best. Sophomore Jacqueline Kirk was seventh in the high jump clearing 5'1" (1.55m) and junior Alina Strileckis' 27.16 in the 200 place eighth. The 4x1 of senior Sydney Ladner, Strileckis, junior Raquel Whiting and sophomore Olivia Schwern placed seventh with a time of 50.62 seconds.

The Jumbos host the Sunshine Classic in their final home meet of the year next Saturday at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track.