JUMBOS 12TH AT ALL-NEW ENGLAND RACE, TOPS AMONG DIV. III TEAMS
COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
All-New England Championship Race
At Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Friday, October 10, 2003
BOSTON -- The Tufts University Men's Cross Country team turned in an outstanding performance at the 2003 All-New England Championship race on the course at Boston's Franklin Park, where the race is held annually. Head Coach Connie Putnam's Jumbos placed ninth overall, but were first among Division III teams.
The Jumbos earned a total of 256 points, just three behind eighth-place Dartmouth, but 120 in front of the next Division III competitors from Keene State College. The Owls were ranked seventh in this week's NCAA Division III poll, four spots ahead of the 11th ranked Jumbos. Forty-seven teams total scored at the event.
Junior All-American Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) led the Jumbo charge with a 18th place finish in a time of 25 minutes, 4 seconds. Tufts got superb races out of freshman Josh Kennedy (Guilford, CT) and sophomore Kyle Doran (North Attleborough, MA). Kennedy was 47th in 25:43 and Doran was on his heels in 51st with a 25:48 time. Junior Michael Don (Clayton, MO) was 63rd in 25:58 and sophomore Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA) was 82nd in 26:05 to round out the scoring for Tufts.
Providence College won the race, with four finishers among the top 11. Their 40 points bested the 59 points scored by in-state rival Brown University. Brown's Patrick Tarpy won the race in 23:57.
The Jumbos were 15th in this race last year. This year's performance was the best since the 1998 squad also finished ninth.