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New England Division 3 Championships
Friday-Saturday, February 22-23, 2008
At Medford, MA (Gantcher Center)

Championship Results

New England Division 3 Indoor 3,000 meters champion Jesse Faller

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's indoor track & field team won its fourth New England Division III title, but the first since 1991 on Saturday at the Gantcher Center. With 118 points scored Tufts beat NESCAC rival Williams College, which was the runner-up with 106 points. Either Williams (14 overall titles) or MIT (nine titles) had won the New England Division 3 championship since 1991 until the Jumbos broke the string this year.

The Jumbos got a good start to the meet on Friday in the pentathlon. Senior quad-captain Nate Scott (East Hartford, CT) won his second straight New England Division III pentathlon championship. His mark of 3,583 points was a new school, facility and meet record. Scott's score surpassed the previous New England Division III championships mark of 3,572 points scored by Craig Mielcarz of MIT in 2001. It was also beyond the 3,503 points scored by Saint Lawrence University's Robert Ames, who previously held the facility record from 2003. Scott improved his own Tufts record from 3,415 points, which he scored in 2006 when he was the runner-up at the New England Division III championships.

When the meet continued on Saturday, Jumbos won three more events. Junior James Bradley (Atkinson, NH) won the high jump with a best leap of 6'7 1/2" (2.02m), which improved his NCAA provisional qualifying standard by a half-inch. Sophomore Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) won the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:39.50. The Jumbos also won the distance medley relay, with freshman Greg Palotta (Syracuse, NY), freshman Jeremy Peterson (Middlebury, VT), sophomore Billy Hale (Menlo Park, CA) and senior quad-captain Dave Sorensen (Dover, MA) teaming up for a 10:23.32 winning time.

Tufts also scored runner-up points when senior quad-captain Dan Marcy (Middletown, NY) improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump to 46'11 1/2" (14.31m). Sophomore Andrew Longley (Short Hills, NJ) also had a second place for Tufts in the 400 meters at the New England Div. 3 Championships, running 50.64 seconds.

Tufts scored 20 points overall in the pentathlon on Friday. Senior Derek Engelking (Westborough, MA), overcoming an injury, took third place with 3,376 points. Sophomore Trevor Donadt (Northborough, MA) was fifth at 3,353 points. Bradley's high jump victory led the Jumbos to 19 points in that event. Scott and fellow senior quad-captain Jeremy Arak (Ipswich, MA) tied for fourth place with 6'1 1/2" (1.87m) clearance. Tufts also scored 10 points without winning the 55 meter hurdles.

The championship season continues for Tufts next weekend at Boston University, which will host the Open New England Championships.