JUMBOS SECOND AT CONNECTICUT COLLEGE INVITATIONAL
COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
Connecticut College Invitational
At New London, CT
Saturday, September 13, 2003
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Tufts Men's Cross Country team continued their season on Saturday with their second consecutive second place finish, this time at the Connecticut College Invitational. Among the participating schools were New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals Williams, Trinity, and host Connecticut College. The competition was tight, however in the end it was the College of New Jersey that won with 56 points, impressively taking three of the top four spots, including first place finisher Adrian Cline with a finishing time of 25 minutes, 33 seconds.
It was a team effort for the Tufts squad to grab second place from the field of 12 schools. Their top five finishers all placed within the top 30 in the field of 188 to accumulate 78 points for the Jumbos. The Jumbos were led by strong eighth and ninth place finishes by Neil Orfield (Burnsville, MN) in 25:54 and Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) in 26 flat, respectively, both finishing less than half a minute behind the leader. Rounding out Tufts' top five were solid finishes at 17th and 18th by Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 26:12 and Peter Bromka (Portland, OR) in 26:14, and a 26th place finish from Kyle Doran (North Attleborough, MA) in 26:34.
The combined effort of these five was enough for the Jumbos to edge out Southern University (99 points) and New York University (106 pts.), who finished in third and fourth places, respectively. They were followed by the three other NESCAC schools, Williams, Trinity, and Connecticut College. Rounding out the field of twelve were New Haven, Coast Guard, Roger Williams, UMass Dartmouth, and Babson, all of whom finished well-behind the first seven schools.
Tufts returns to action this Saturday at noon as they will compete in the UMass Dartmouth Invitational, looking for their first top finish of the season.