University of Southern Maine Invitational
At Cumberland, ME
Saturday, October 16, 2004

Race Results

CUMBERLAND, ME - The Men's Cross Country team was in Maine on Saturday to compete against eleven other schools in the Twin Brook Invitational hosted by the University of Southern Maine.  The Jumbos came into the 8K race after finishing an impressive sixth overall last weekend at the New England Championships. The Twin Brook Recreational Area course will be the site of the NCAA regional championships in November.

Tufts truly ran this race as a team.  Their top seven runners finished together, 12th through 18th, all crossing the finish line within six seconds of each other (27 minutes, 37.93 seconds through 27:43.17).  The seven Jumbos in this pack were grad student Peter Bromka (Portland, OR), seniors Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) and Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY), juniors Kyle Doran (North Attleboro, MA), Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME) and Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA), and sophomore Joshua Kennedy (Guilford, NH).  Their final total of 70 points was good enough for second place. Brigham was 12th overall in 27:37.93 to lead Tufts.

This method is not entirely new to the Jumbos.  In other relatively small races, such as the Tufts Invitational back in September or the race at Keene State earlier this month, the team has employed similar techniques.  The runners often run in small groups, finishing in pairs or in groups of three.  It will be interesting to see if this trend continues during the Championship season.

Keene State finished first overall with 49 points.  Their fastest man, senior Dave Bridgewater, posted the race's best time, finishing after 26:30.89.  He finished 33 seconds faster than the second place runner, Mike Flint of Coast Guard, whose team earned fourth place on the day.  MIT came in third with two runners in the top five. 

On October 30, Tufts once again will be headed north to compete in the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Colby.