NCAA Division III National Championship Race
At Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana
Saturday, November 22, 2003

Race Results

HANOVER, Ind. -- Tufts University Men's Cross Country took its place competing among the 24 best Men's Cross Country teams in the nation Saturday at the NCAA Division III Championship, hosted by Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.  Competing with schools from across the nation, Tufts posted an 11th place finish with 298 points.  Calvin College, led by five top 30 finishers, won the national championship with a score of 48 points.

Tufts was led by freshman Josh Kennedy (Guilford, CT) who finished 54th with a time of 26 minutes, 10.2 seconds.  Closely behind was sophomore teammate Kyle Doran (North Attleborough, MA) in 56th with a time of 26:14.6.  Next for the Jumbos was junior Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) in 94th with a time of 26:40.0.  Rounding out the top five finishers for Tufts were sophomores Neil Orfield (Burnsville, MN) and Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 104th and 106th with times of 26:46.3 and 26:47.2, respectively.

Also competing for the Jumbos was junior Peter Bromka (Portland, OR), who placed 138th with a 27:08.9 finish, and sophomore Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME), who crossed the finish line 165th with a 27:34.6 time.

NESCAC rival Williams was the best of the local schools, finishing in sixth with 220 points.  Keene State was also impressive, finishing in eighth with 220 points.  Nebraska Wesleyan narrowly edged Tufts out for tenth place by only three points with a score of 295 points. Junior Josh Moen of fifth-place-finisher Wartburg College won the individual national title with a time of 24:24.4, besting the rest of the field by almost thirty seconds.

The national meet concluded an impressive season for Tufts Men's Cross Country, whose season was highlighted by wins in the NESCAC Championship, the ECAC Championship, and the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship. Head Coach Connie Putnam, in his 20th year at Tufts, was the NESCAC Coach of the Year.