JUMBOS TAKE SECOND STRAIGHT NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
NCAA New England Championship Race
At Cumberland, ME
Saturday, November 13, 2004
CUMBERLAND, Me. -- The Tufts University Jumbos placed five runners among the first 20 finishers to successfully defend its team title at the 2004 NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championship held Saturday at the Twin Brook Recreation Complex in Cumberland, Maine.
The Jumbos, who won the regional event last year at the same site, totaled 62 points to edge out conference rival Williams College by 21 points. Williams, which totaled 83 points, was followed by Keene State College with 112 points and Bates College with 145 points. All four teams will represent the New England region at next Saturday's (November 20) NCAA Division III National Championship race in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Leading the Jumbos were junior Matthew Lacey (Amherst, MA) and sophomore Joshua Kennedy (Guilford, CT) who finished sixth and seventh respectively. Lacey crossed the finish line in a time of 26 minutes, 9.5 seconds with Kennedy 1.3 seconds behind. Senior Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH), in 11th place (22:26.4) was the third Tufts runner to finish. Junior Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME) was 18th (26:36.9) and senior Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) was 20th (26:40.9) for the Jumbos.
The individual winner for the second straight year was MIT senior Ben Schmeckpeper who toured the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:37.6. Williams College junior Neal Holtschulte was second with his time of 25:39.2. Keene State senior Dave Bridgewater took third with a time of 25:51.9.
Tufts will run in its seventh NCAA National Championship race overall and qualified for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Jumbos have had team or individual participation at Nationals every year since 1994. They will be looking to top their best-ever seventh place effort in 1996.