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Tufts Invitational I
At Gantcher Center (Medford, MA)
Saturday, January 15, 2005

Meet Results

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's indoor track & field team flashed its depth on Saturday in the first home meet at the Gantcher Family Sports & Convocation Center. As a result, head coach Connie Putnam's team won the nine-team meet with 233 points, out-distancing second-place UMass Lowell's 184 points.

Still early in the season, and competing at home, Tufts dominated several events. The Jumbos went 1-2-3 in both the 3,000 meters and the Triple Jump. Senior Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH) led the way in the 3,000 with a time of 8 minutes, 40.43 seconds. He was followed by junior Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA) in 9:00.94 and junior Matt Fortin (Raymond, ME) in 9:01.13.

Sophomore sensation Fred Jones (Northfield, MA) won the Triple Jump with a best of 13.98 meters. Freshman Nathan Scott (East Hartford, CT) went 13.22 meters for second and classmate Dan Marcy (Middletown, NY) was third with a jump of 12.86 meters. Jones also won the Long Jump (6.60m).

Tufts athletes also won the Pole Vault and Shot Put. Junior Seth LaPierre (Auburn, NH) flung himself over the bar at 4.2 meters to win the vault, while sophomore Ryan Byrne (Tewksbury, MA) heaved the ball 14.49 meters to win the shot.

The Jumbos went 2-3 in the 800 meters, with sophomore Nate Cleveland (Auburn, ME) the runner-up in 2:03.30. Five Jumbos were among top eight in the 1,500m, led by senior Brian McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) in second (4:03.31). Jeremy Arak (Ipswich, MA), another member of what looks like a talented Tufts freshman class, was second in the High Jump (1.93m), while junior Jason Galvin (Norwell, MA) was runner-up in the Weight Throw (14.40m). The 4x800 relay was first in a two-team record in 8:41.90.

The Jumbos are back at Gantcher for the second Tufts Invitational next Saturday.