JUMBOS FINISH A STRONG SIXTH AT ALL-NEW ENGLAND RACE
COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
All-New England Championship Race
At Franklin Park (Boston, MA)
Friday, October 8, 2004
BOSTON -- The Tufts University Men's Cross Country team, ranked sixth nationally in Division III, placed sixth overall at the 2004 New England Cross Country Championship Race held annually at Franklin Park in Boston. The Jumbos were the top Division III team and trailed only DI schools Providence, Boston College, Maine, New Hampshire and Quinnipiac. The Jumbos scored 227 points, while Providence dominated and won with a score of 25.
Leading the Jumbo pack was senior co-captain Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) in 20th place overall, fifth among Division III individuals. He covered the 4.95-mile course in 25 minutes, 18 seconds. Running right along with him in 21st place was junior Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA), also clocking 25:18.
The Jumbos got a 52nd place finish from grad student Pete Bromka (Portland, OR), who finished in 25:53. Junior Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME) was 65th in 26:07 and sophomore Josh Kennedy (Guilford, CT) was 69th in 26:12 to round out the scoring for head coach Connie Putnam's team. Last year's squad that went on to win NESCAC, ECAC and NCAA New England championships placed ninth in this race.
Also running for Tufts was senior Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY), who placed 106th with a 26:41 time. Freshman Chris Kantos (Apple Valley, MN) finished in 27:58.
Providence College's Martin Fagan won the race in 24:20.
The Jumbos travel to Southern Maine next Saturday to compete on the course that will host the 2004 NCAA New England Division III Championships.