ECAC Championship Race
At Grafton, MA
Saturday, November 8, 2003

Race Results

GRAFTON -- Racing on their home course in Grafton, Tufts Men's Cross Country won the ECAC Division III Championship on Saturday.  The Jumbos finished in first of a field of 33, including many NESCAC rivals and other top regional competition.  Tufts dominated the meet with each of its seven runners finishing among the top 14 in a meet which featured a total of 236 runners.

Leading the way for Tufts was sophomore Matthew Lacey (Amherst, MA) whose time of 26 minutes, 50.06 seconds was good enough for a fourth-place finish.  Rounding out the top five for the Jumbos was a group of four finishing in eighth through eleventh places.  Seniors James Lamoureux (Springfield, MA) and Peter Jurczynski (Schenectady, NY) took eighth and ninth with times of 26:58.60 and 27:05.45, respectively.  They were followed by freshmen Justin Chung (Manchester, CT) and Peter Orth (Weston, MA) in tenth and eleventh with times of 27:14.09 and 27:20.81, respectively.

Tufts finished with a total of 38 points, way in front of second-place finisher Keene State, whose 82 points featured Mathew Haley's first-place time of 26:35.20.  NESCAC rivals Williams and Bates came in third and fourth with 152 and 165 points, respectively.  Middlebury posted sixth place with 184 points, and both Wesleyan and Amherst scored 280 points to tie for eighth.  Colby and Conecticut College also represented the NESCAC in the meet, finishing in 14th and 15th, respectively.

Many schools, including Tufts, chose to rest their starting seven this week in preparation for the most important meet of the season.  The well-rested Jumbos hope to post a strong result this weekend at the NCAA New England Championship, hosted by Southern Maine, on Saturday. They need to finish in the top four to qualify for the NCAA National Championship Race on November 22.