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FALLER FINISHES EIGHTH AT NCAA MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RACE

COLLEGE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
NCAA Championship Race
Saturday, November 21, 2009
At Cleveland, OH (Highland Park Golf Course)

Results

MEDFORD -- Senior Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) of the Tufts University men's cross country team is now a three-time All-American after running to his best-ever finish at the NCAA Division III Championship Race on Saturday afternoon. Faller was eighth overall on the eight-kilometer course at Highland Park Golf Course with a 25:40.0 time.

The eighth-place effort is the best by a Tufts runner at Nationals since Rod Hemingway finished sixth (25:30) at the 1997 NCAA race 12 years ago. Nate Brigham had an 11th place finish (25:30.6) in 2002 and Faller was 18th (25:03) at NCAA's as a freshman in 2007. Last season, Faller earned the last All-American spot at the NCAA race by placing 35th (24:59.89).

Faller is the first three-time cross country All American in Tufts history. He and Dan Greeno of Bethel were the only two three-time All Americans who competed at this year's championship.

According to Tufts coach Ethan Barron, Faller was around 30th to 40th place at the mile and moved up to 15th by the 2.5-mile mark. He continued to move and was in fourth for most of a quiet fourth mile. The last mile was a bear with a tough 800-meter hill in it. Faller fell back a bit up the hill, but then kicked past a few runners for eighth.

The All-American award is the fifth of Faller's Tufts career, including track & field. The 2009 NCAA Championship Race featured 276 runners overall. The top 35 gain All-American accolades. Faller placed third among New England competitors.

Approximately 50 members of the men's and women's cross country teams at Tufts drove out to Cleveland to support Faller and NCAA women's qualifier Amy Wilfert (Westborough, MA).

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