JUMBOS NARROWLY MISS NATIONALLY QUALIFYING

COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
NCAA New England Region Championship Race
At Westfield, MA
Saturday, November 16, 2002

Race Results

The Tufts Men's Cross Country team competed in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday in Westfield, Mass.  Led by sophomore Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH), the Tufts pack made its way through the five-mile course in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Nationals meet.  Despite its efforts, the team missed by just one place.  Only the top five squads qualified to go on to the NCAA National meet, and the Jumbos placed sixth overall out of the 35 New England teams.

Keene State took the meet championship with 64 points, while Bowdoin College, Williams College, Connecticut College, and Trinity College finished ahead of Tufts' 176-point finish.  Although Tufts did not qualify as a team, Brigham will move on to Nationals after finishing 13th overall out of 268 runners with a time of 25:07. Nationals are at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday, November 23. The men's race is at 11 am.

Coming in second for the Jumbos at regionals was freshman Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA) who placed 28th in a time of 25:41, followed by junior Peter Bromka (Portland, OR) in 25:57 for 40th.  Not far behind in 26:03 was sophomore Mike Don (St. Louis, MO), who has made a comeback from his injury early on in the season.  Junior Ian Joseph (Lexington, MA) rounded out the top five with his 50th place finish in 26:11.  The other finishers for Tufts were junior Peter Jurczynski (Schenectady, NY) in 26:21 and freshman Neil Orfield (Burnsville, MN) in 26:43.

Brigham will compete in the NCAA National meet as the rest of the team heads into indoor track season.

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