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Snowflake Classic
Saturday, March 31, 2007
At Medford (Dussault Complex)


MEDFORD -- On an unseasonably nice day in Medford on Saturday, the Tufts men's outdoor track & field team got its season started by hosting the annual Snowflake Classic. In a field filled with top-level competition Division I programs Dartmouth, Northeastern, and BU, as well as fellow DIII competitors Bates, Southern Maine, Eastern Connecticut and others, the Jumbo men faired well in every event contested.

Opening up the meet were a number of field events. Joe Brown led the way in the men�s hammer throw with his toss of 145 feet 7 inches. At the same time, three Jumbo high jumpers qualified for Division III New England�s: Isaiah Paramore, Ted McMahan, and Jeremy Arak (Ipswich, MA). All three were All-Region high jumpers this past indoor season. In the javelin, Tufts had the second and third best performances with a distances of 171 feet flat from junior Derek Engelking (Westborough, MA) and 170' 8" from senior tri-captain David McCleary (Ellington, CT).

Heading to the straightaway, the Tufts sprinters and hurdlers put three athletes in the finals of both the 100m and 110HH. Senior Mickey Ferri (Stamford, CT) paced the Jumbos in the finals of the 100m with his PR of 11.18 seconds. Andrew Longley (Short Hills, NJ) and Colin Fitzgerald (Scarborough, NY) were good enough for sixth and seventh place finishes, both running 11.30 seconds. Over the barriers, the trio of All-Region freshmen hurdlers Ikenna Acholonu (Shoreline, WA), Jared Engelking (Westborough, MA) and Trevor Donadt (Northborough, MA) all qualified for the finals. Heavy contact in the finals resulted in both a slow race for Engelking and a tumble for Acholonu. Donadt would finish cleanly and bettered his trials time to a 15.57 seconds in his second collegiate 110H race.

As the region�s athletes readjust to the pacing on a 400m track, everyone fell victim to a pedestrian start to the 1,500m run. Freshmen Nick Welch (Seattle, WA) and Billy Hale (Menlo Park, CA) would eventually lead he way for the Jumbos with their pair of 4:10�s. Also adding an impressive race would be fellow teammate Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA). Returning from an injury that kept him sidelined for the duration of indoor track, Faller was able to walk away with the 2nd heat of the 1500m in 4:13.38 time.

Continuing with the performances of the distance squad, junior Dave Sorensen (Dover, MA) was able to put together one of the more notable performances of the day. Running alone for most of the race, Sorensen was still able to PR in the 3,000m steeplechase with his 9:32.37 � a strong start to the outdoor season.

Capping off the day, the two Jumbo relays put together posted solid marks considering the time of year. The 4x100m relay finished third behind Northeastern and Eastern Connecticut in a time of 43.23 seconds. Similarly, the 4x400m squad of Nate Scott (East Hartford, CT), Skip Pagel (Mystic, CT), Engelking, and Nate Cleveland (Auburn, ME) failed to close Dartmouth�s opening gap, but finished in a respectable 3:27.25, good enough for second place.

Next week the Jumbos will venture to Connecticut for the United States Coast Guard Academy Invitational.