Keene State College Invitational
At Keene, NH
Saturday, October 2, 2004

Race Results

KEENE, NH -- The men of Tufts Cross Country lined up against six other schools in Saturday's Keene State College Invitational.  The Jumbos brought fifteen runners to the race, the majority consisting of freshmen and sophomores.

Tufts finished third overall with 97 points.  The men from Dartmouth brought a very fast squad, with all five of their point-scorers in the top ten.  They won the meet with a total of 28 points.  Keene State placed second, totalling 44 points on their home course with three top ten finishers.

Junior Kyle Doran (North Attleborough, MA), who ran the 5 mile course in an impressive 26 minutes, 24 seconds, was the top finisher for Tufts, coming in sixth place behind runners from Keene State and Dartmouth.  The next two Jumbos to cross the finish line were juniors Neil Orfield (Burnsville, MN) after 27:52 and Mike Cummings (Cheshire, CT), finishing right beside him at 27:53.

The rest of the Tufts runners to compete were all sophomores or younger.  Out of this group, the runners to record point-scoring times were sophomore Peter Orth (Weston, MA) in 27:56 and freshman David Bach (Florence, CA) with a 28:07 finish.  This was a stand-out race for Orth, as he greatly improved over his finish at last week's Tufts Invitational.  On Saturday, he finished above four of his teammates who had recorded better times than him the previous weekend.  Also finishing competitively were sophomore Dan Sullivan (Sterling, MA) after 28:14, freshman Dave Sorensen (Dover, MA) in 28:21, sophomore Pete Goransson (Eliot, MA) just behind him at 28:22, and sophomore Chad Uy (Syosset, NY) with a 28:26 finish.

Dave Bridgewater (25:30) of Keene State, ran the fastest time on his home course by a 20 second margin over Neal Graves of Dartmouth (25:50).  Bridgewater, coming off of a win at the Tufts Invitational, showed that he was not at all tired after his equally speedy performance a week before.

This Friday, the men of Tufts will head to Franklin Park in Boston to run in the All-New England Championship.  That race will be an interesting one for the Jumbos as they will see where they stand among teams throughout New England from all three divisions.