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NCAA Div. 3 Championships
Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, 2009
At Terre Haute, IN

Final Results

Raise your hand if you're a two-time All-American. Jesse Faller, who's actually waiting for the baton pass in the DMR, was third with the relay and fourth in the 5K.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- With three finishes in the top six, the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team placed 14th out of 74 scoring teams at the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Championships at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the distance medley relay team opened Tufts' appearance at the 2009 Nationals by taking third place. In Saturday's events, junior Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) - part of the DMR - added a second All-American showing (top eight) by running fourth in the 5,000 meters. Also on Saturday, senior quad-captain James Bradley (Atkinson, NH) tied for sixth place in the high jump.

Seeded fifth entering the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Championships, Tufts University's distance medley relay improved to a third-place finish in the national championship race on Friday afternoon. The foursome of junior Billy Hale (Menlo Park, CA), senior Phil Rotella (Louisville, KY), junior Scott Brinkman (Alamo, CA) and Faller ran a 10:04.25 time to earn All-American honors. The Wisconsin-Oshkosh distance medley relay squad set a meet record with a time of 9:56.79 to outdistance a squad from Wisconsin-La Crosse by less than three seconds to win the NCAA title. Tufts was next, less than a second ahead of Muhlenberg (10:04.78).

Faller, a two-time cross country All-American, earned the fourth national honor of his Tufts running career in the indoor 5K with a 14:35.46 time. That was almost eight seconds faster than his qualifying time of 14:43.25, which was the last of the 15 spots to make it into the NCAA 5K. Faller's fourth-place finish in the final was 11 places better than his seed. Junior quad-captain Nick Welch (Seattle, WA) also ran in the 5,000 at NCAA's, crossing the finish line in 15:21.90 for 15th place.

Bradley, a three-time national qualifier indoors and outdoors, earned his first All-American honor with a 6'8 3/4" high jump (2.05m) to tie for sixth at the meet

Tufts scored 13.5 points overall at the meet. The 14th place finish was first among New England teams at the NCAA meet. Hale, Rotella and Brinkman were also All-Americans for the first time.

2009 NCAA Div. 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships Website