JUMBOS TAKE FIRST IN 2004 HOME COURSE DEBUT
COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
At Grafton, MA
Saturday, September 25, 2004
GRAFTON -- The Tufts Men's Cross Country team was apparently glad to return to its home course on Saturday as the Jumbos took first place overall, their first victory of the 2004 season. Head Coach Connie Putnam's harrier were led by a solid group of returning runners from last year's national qualifying team.
Tufts finished with an impressive 22 points, far surpassing Keene State in second place with 64. Keene's top finisher, senior Dave Bridgewater, posted the quickest time among the field, checking in at 26 minutes, 3 seconds. He crossed the line just ahead of Tufts senior Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH), who was the first of five Jumbos to finish in the top seven, all of whom were clocked at less than 27 minutes. Brigham timed 26:10.
The other four scorers for Tufts were junior Matt Lacey (Amherst,MA) in third place (26:19), sophomore Josh Kennedy (Guilford, CT) in fourth place (26:31), Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) in sixth place (26:49) and Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME), in seventh place (26:49).
Other notable Tufts finishers included freshman Chris Kantos (Apple Valley, MN), who is proving to be a runner to watch, as he ran a 27:27 to put him 16th overall. Also, rounding out the top twenty were Jumbos Justin Chung (Manchester, CT) and Kyle Doran (North Attleboro, MA) in 27:47 and 27:52, respectively.
Tufts will back out on the road next week as they head to Keene State on Saturday.