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Monday, September 28, 2009


MEDFORD -- For the third time of his career, senior Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) of the Tufts University men's cross country team has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) Performer of the Week. He won this past Saturday's race at the Connecticut College Invitational, leading the Jumbos to the team title.

Faller won on the eight-kilometer course at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut. His time of 25:17 topped a field of 214 runners. Faller, Division 2 Southern Connecticut's Joseph Poulsen and Bowdoin's Thompson Ogilvie were tied with a mile left in the race. Poulsen took a lead, but with 400 meters to go Faller began his closing kick from about 25 meters back. He passed Poulsen with 200 meters to go and won by three seconds.

His individual victory was one of three top 10 finishes by Tufts, whose final team score of 46 was 20 ahead of second-place Bowdoin. It was the team's first victory in an eight-kilometer race since September 2006 at the Tufts Invitational.

Faller's win was the second of his career. His first-ever NESCAC Performer of the Week award came last season after he won the 41st Annual Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park in Boston on September 27, 2008.