NCAA DIV. III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

8K
at Winneconne, WI
Saturday, November 20, 1999

The Tufts University men's cross country team placed ninth out of 24 teams at the 1999 NCAA Division III National Championship Race hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh. It marked the second time in the last four seasons, including 1996, that team finished among the Top 10 in the nation.

Senior Steve Kaye (Upper Saddle River, NJ) led Tufts by finishing 42nd overall with a 24:41.1 time. Senior captain Matt Lyons (Wakfield, MA) was close behind in 24:48.9 for 53rd overall. Junior David Patterson (Shutesbury, MA) and senior Peter Rodrigues (Weatogue, CT) were also in the Top 100 overall; Patterson 92nd (25:08.7) and Rodrigues 98th (25:11.8). Sophomore Jason Mann (Rosemont, PA) rounded out the scoring for head coach Connie Putnam's Jumbos by finishing 110th in a time of 25:18.4.

Tufts was the second highest finisher from New England, behind National runner-up Keene State. North Central College won the race for the second straight year.

Top 10 Teams:
1. North Central College    84 (2, 3, 19, 22, 38)
2. Keene State College    100 (5, 10, 21, 31, 33)
3. Wisconsin-La Crosse    101 (6, 16, 25, 26, 28)
4. Calvin College    164 (17, 29, 36, 40, 42)
5. Wisconsin-Whitewater    192 (12, 15, 39, 51, 75)
6. Wisconsin-Stevens Pt    225 (7, 18, 27, 61, 112)
7. St. John's University    255 (11, 23, 47, 85, 89)
8. Nebraska Wesleyan    259 (4, 13, 43, 96, 103)
9. Tufts University    276 (30, 37, 63, 68, 78)
10. Bates College    281 (8, 14, 59, 95, 105)

Top 10 Individuals:
1. Dave Davis, Sr 23:42.3 Puget Sound
2. Colin Young, Sr 23:51.9 North Central College
3. Tim McCoskey, Jr 23:53.3 North Central College
4. Thor Esbensen, Jr 23:57.8 Nebraska Wesleyan
5. Scott Jensen, Sr 23:58.7 Keene State College
6. Dan Peso, Sr 24:00.9 Wisconsin-La Crosse
7. Samson Yohannes, Sr 24:01.7 Brandeis University
8. Jesse Drake, Jr 24:02.2 Wisconsin-Stevens Pt
9. Michael Danahy, Sr 24:02.7 Bates College
10. Tim Julien, Sr 24:05.5 Washington University

Tufts Finishers:
42. Stephen Kaye, Sr 24:41.1
53. Matthew Lyons, Jr 24:48.9
92. David Patterson, Jr 25:08.7
98. Peter Rodrigues, Sr 25:11.8
110. Jason Mann, So 25:18.4
158. Aristides Cruz, So 25:43.2
166. Benjamin Smith, So 25:48.5

For complete results, visit the NCAA Div. III Cross Country Championship Web Site