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ECAC Div. 3 Championships
Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, 2009
At Medford, MA


Scott Brinkman ran the 800 leg for the victorious DMR

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's indoor track & field team won three events to score 30 points at the 2009 ECAC Division III Championships at the Gantcher Center on Friday and Saturday. Coach Ethan Barron's Jumbos tied for seventh place out of 50 teams that scored.

On Friday, the distance medley relay, which broke the ECAC meet record, and senior quad-captain Skip Pagel (Mystic, CT) in the pentathlon both won. Senior high jumper James Bradley (Atkinson, NH) continued his superb season by winning again on Saturday.

The DMR won in dramatic fashion with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10:00.63. Junior Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) nipped Muhlenberg's David Chorney at the end of the 1,600 leg for the Tufts win. Muhlenberg was second with a 10:00.70 provisional qualifying time. Joining Faller in the win was junior Billy Hale (Menlo Park, CA) in the 1,200 leg, senior Phil Rotella (Louisville, KY) in the 400 leg and junior Scott Brinkman (Alamo, CA) in the 800 leg. Their time currently ranks fifth on the NCAA Championships performance list. NCAA's are next weekend (March 13-14) at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.

Pagel won a very competitive pentathlon. His 3,387 points were just 15 ahead of second-place Tim Diegelman from Buffalo State (3,372) and RIT's Matt Joseph was third with 3,352 points. Pagel had two thirds among the five events. His time of 2:45.61 in the 1,000 meter run was third, as was his 37'1 1/4" (11.31) distance in the shot put. His final tally was just 13 points shy of the 3,400 NCAA standard. Pagel is the second straight Tufts multi-event athlete to win the ECAC pentathlon. Nathan Scott set a meet record to win it last season with 3,587 points.

Bradley won out in the high jump competition with a 6'6 1/4" best (1.99m). Five competitors cleared that height, but Bradley earned the win with no misses. He adds this ECAC title to the second consecutive New England Division III championship that he won two weeks ago.

A pared down Tufts ECAC roster did not have any other top-eight finishes in the other 18 events. St. Lawrence won its second straight team title with 53 points.

The Tufts competitors who have met NCAA Championship minimums this season now await final word on who is in next week's Nationals.