JUMBOS POST BEST-EVER FINISH AT NCAA RACE WITH SIXTH
COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
NCAA Division III Championship Race
At Whitetail Golf Course (Colfax, WI)
Saturday, November 20, 2004
COLFAX, Wisc. -- With a sixth place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championship Race on Saturday, the Tufts Men's Cross Country team earned its best-ever placing at the national race. The 1996 team finished seventh at Nationals. Tufts was the first of four New England teams to finish at the 2004 championship.
Head Coach Connie Putnam's Tufts men scored 223 points, led by three runners in the top 50 overall. Sophomore Josh Kennedy (Guilford, CT) was first for the Jumbos and 32nd overall with a time of 25 minutes, 16.3 seconds over the 8k course. By finishing among the first 35, Kennedy earned All-American honors. Juniors Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME) and Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA) earned quick points for Tufts with their 66th and 68th place efforts, respectively. Fortin timed 25:39.9 and Lacey crossed in 25:40.4.
The Tufts top five was completed by seniors Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH), who were 89th (25:51.6) and 91st (25:53. 7), respectively. Also competing for the Jumbos was freshman Chris Kantos (Apple Valley, MN), who placed 136th in 26:27.9, and senior Peter Bromka (Portland, OR), who finished 155th in 26:39.2.
Calvin College, with three finishers in the top 20, took the 2004 team championship with 107 points. Other New England finishers included ninth-place Williams (290), 19th place Bates (416) and 20th place Keene State (427). Josh Moen of Wartburg College won the individual title in 24:28.7.
This was the sixth time in the last seven years that Tufts ran in the NCAA championship race. The Jumbos have had team or individual participation at Nationals every year since 1994.