Teams: Men's Cross Country: Press
Monday, November 13, 2006
CHUNG TO RACE AT NATIONALS FOR MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's cross country team kept alive
its streak of team or individual representation at the NCAA Division
III National Championship Race when senior Justin Chung (Manchester,
CT/Manchester) qualified individually for the 2006 race.
Chung qualified after
placing eighth at the NCAA Division III Qualifier hosted by Springfield College
on Saturday. His time of 25 minutes, 58.1 seconds across eight kilometers was
third among individuals not affiliated with a team that qualified for the
national race, therefore earning him an individual berth to the championship.
Wilmington College in
Ohio will host the 2006 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country
Championships at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio. The men's race
will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time followed by the women's race at noon
In each of the past 13
years, Tufts men's cross country has either competed as a team at the NCAA
championship race (eight times) or had an individual run in the race (five
times). Chung was second for the team and 72nd overall when the
Jumbos recorded their best-ever finish at Nationals with a fifth place last
If recent history was an
indication, Chung could run a very good race on Saturday. Nate Brigham, the last
Jumbo to race individually at Nationals, took 11th overall in 2002.
Rod Hemingway, current assistant coach of the team, qualified individually in
1997 and ran sixth.
Chung was also the top
finisher for head coach Ethan Barron's team at the New England Open
Championship on October 7. In a field of Division I, II and III runners, he was
29th with a 25:23 time. He was the team's lead runner five times
overall this fall.