Grafton Course Info


The current Tufts Cross Country course opened in 1997 at the Tufts Veterinary School in Grafton, MA. Coach Connie Putnam designed and built the course himself which is fully contained upon a still worked hayfield. The course consists mostly of a grass/dirt surface (depending on the weather) out in the field and a short, quarter mile long woods path on the big loop. Except for the brief section in the woods, the entire course is viewable from the top of the central hill, making it one of the best spectator courses in New England. In fact, with a minimal amount of movement, one can cheer the runners up close and personal at least 4 times in a 5k race and 6 times in an 8k race. The Locust Barn, used for storage and meet administration, is well over 150 years old. Annually, the course is home to Tufts Alumni Race (Tufts varsity and alumni), Hayseed Classic, and the Jumbo Invitational. Also, in its brief 5 year existance, it has been home to 3 ECAC Championships, 2 MIAA All-State High School Championships, and the NESCAC Championships in Fall 2002.

Course Maps:
5k/3.1 Mile (Collegiate Women, Alumni Race)
8k/5 Mile (Collegiate Men)

Course Records:
High School Girls (5k): Natasha Roetter - Lexington 17:31.5 (MIAA All-State 2001)
High School Boys (5k): Andy Pitts - Southwick Tolland 15:27.7 (MIAA All-State 2001)
Collegiate Women (5k): Barbara Swallow - Springfield College 17:54.9
Collegiate Men (5k): Matt Lyons - Tufts 16:03.3 (Alumni Run 1999)
Collegiate Men (8k): Gary Mello - Bentley College 25:30.0
Alumni Women (5k): Cindi Manning A00 20:52.9(Alumni Run 2000)
Alumni Men (5k): Rod Hemingway A97 16:12.4 (Alumni Run 2000)

Directions:
From the Greater Boston area:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) to exit 11-A (Route 495).
Proceed north on Route 495 to Exit 23, Route 9 west.
Proceed west on Route 9 for approximately 1 1/2 miles to Route 30 west.
Follow Route 30 west into Westborough Center.
Go through Westborough Center and continue on Route 30 for 4 miles.

From New Hampshire or Maine:
Follow major arteries to Route 495 south, then to Route 9 west.
Take Route 9 to the Route 30 west, Westborough, exit.
Follow Route 30 under Route 9 and on into Westborough Center.
Go through Westborough Center and continue on Route 30 for 4 miles.

From Connecticut or western Massachusetts:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) east to Exit 11, Millbury.
Go right onto Route 122 for approximately 2 miles.
Then make a sharp left onto Route 140 into North Grafton Center.
Turn right onto Route 30 and travel about 2 miles.