JUMBOS CAPTURE FIRST NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
NESCAC Championship Race
At Middlebury, VT
Saturday, November 1, 2003
MIDDLEBURY, VT -- The Tufts University Men's Cross Country team won its first NESCAC championship in the 21-year history of the race at Middlebury College on Saturday afternoon. Head Coach Connie Putnam's Jumbos, ranked ninth nationally, took places seven through 10 on its way to scoring 48 points and beat out second-place Williams College, which scored 57. Third place Amherst College scored 89.
Freshman Josh Kennedy (Guilford, CT) led Tufts by finishing seventh overall in 26 minutes, 54.4 seconds. He was followed by junior Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) in eighth place (26:57.5), sophomore Kyle Doran (North Attleborough, MA) in ninth place (27:02.2) and junior Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 10th place (27:04.4). Sophomore Neil Orfield (Burnsville, MN) was the fifth Tufts scorer in 14th place with a 27:09.5 time.
The Jumbos also had non-scoring runners Matthew Fortin (Raymond, ME) and Peter Bromka (Portland, OR) in 21st (27:24.1) and 23rd (27:25.3) places, respectively.
Williams College earned the top two individual places, with Neal Holtschulte winning the 8K race in 26:18.4. Matt Winkler was second in 26:26.7, but the Ephs managed only 12th, 15th and 27th places the rest of the way.
The Jumbos host the ECAC Championship race at the Farm Course in Grafton next Saturday before running in the NCAA New England Region Championship race at Southern Maine on November 15.