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All-New England Championships
At Boston, MA
Friday-Saturday, February 26-27, 2010

Meet Results

Freshman Jeff Marvel ran the second leg of the record-setting 4x8

BOSTON -- The Tufts men's indoor track & field team's 4x800 meters relay foursome smashed the school record at the 2010 All-New England Championships hosted by Boston University on Friday and Saturday. That was the top performance for Coach Ethan Barron's Jumbos, who tied for 17th at the meet with 17 points.

The Jumbo 4x8 of senior Jason Hanrahan (Westport, CT), freshman Jeff Marvel (Naples, FL), senior quad-captain Billy Hale (Menlo Park, CA), and freshman Dan Kirschner (Short Hills, NJ) blazed a time of 7:42.67 that broke a 25-year old Tufts record. The previous mark of 7:48.7 was from 1985. Tufts was second at the meet on Saturday, behind only UConn.

Senior Matt Tirrell (Burlington, MA) had an outstanding effort in the finals of the 1,000 meters on Saturday. After finishing as the ninth of 10 qualifiers in the prelims on Friday with a 2:30.92 time, he crossed the finish line a full second faster in the finals with a 2:29.90 time for third place overall.

A pair of freshmen added points to the Tufts score. Gbola Ajayi (Lagos, Nigeria) was seventh in the triple jump on Saturday, reaching 45' 1/4" (13.72m). On Friday in the 5,000 meters, Matt Rand (Cape Elizabeth, ME) placed eighth with a 14:52.70 time. Though the time itself is an NCAA provisional mark, it is adjusted by 3.6 seconds due to the banked track at BU and does not qualify.

Seniors Jared Engelking (Westborough, MA) and Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) had good performances as well. Engelking's time of 7.74 seconds in the semi-finals of the 55-meter hurdles was an NCAA provisional qualifier, though he already has a faster mark. Faller was the first Division III finisher in the 3,000 meters (8:29.06) and ninth overall, just missing a scoring place.

The Jumbos were fifth among Division III teams at the meet. UConn won the overall team title with 140 points.

Tufts is at Smith College next Friday and Saturday (Mar. 5-6) for the ECAC Championships.