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ECAC Division III Championships
Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2007
At Middletown, CT

Championship Results

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Tufts University men's indoor track & field team posted three third-place finishes at the 2007 ECAC Division III Championships hosted by Wesleyan University of Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos scored 28 points at the meet to finish in 10th place.

Sophomore Fielding "Skip" Pagel (Mystic, CT) earned third place in the pentathlon, highlighting Jumbo efforts on the first day of the ECAC Division III Championships Friday. Pagel was third in the 1,000 meters race in the pentathlon competition, finishing in 2 minutes, 50.27 seconds. He also took third in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches. He was fourth in the shot put (36' 7 3/4"), fifth in the 55 meters (8.44) seconds and 12th in the high jump (5' 6").

The other two Tufts thirds came on Saturday. Junior higher jumper Jeremy Arak (Ipswich, MA) cleared 6' 4 1/4" to score six points. The 4x400 relay also was third with a 3:23.57 time.

Five other Jumbos scored points for the team. Freshman Ikenna Acholonu (Shoreline, WA) qualified for the finals of the 55 meter hurdles, running 7.8 seconds on Friday. He then ran 8 seconds flat in the final on Saturday to finish sixth. Also on Friday, junior Dave Sorensen (Dover, MA) ran seventh in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:12.23 to score two points. In the 400 meters Saturday, freshman Andrew Longley (Short Hills, NJ) finished in seventh place with a time of 51.01 seconds. The 800 meter run featured Jumbos Billy Hale (Menlo Park, CA) and Nate Cleveland (Auburn, ME) in seventh (1:58.60) and eighth (1:58.64) place, respectively.

The Jumbos will now await word on how many competitors qualify for the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships to be held at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN next weekend (Mar. 9-10).