Teams: Men's Track & Field: Press Releases
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
TRACK & FIELD JUMBOS WIN CONFERENCE, REGIONAL TITLES
MEDFORD – The Track & Field championship season is well underway, and as
usual the Tufts University teams are making their mark. At both the recent New
England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and New England Division
III Championship meets, Tufts was among the top finishers and earned several
Both the Men's and Women's NESCAC championships were held April 26-27 at
Williams College. The Jumbos placed second among both fields. Head Coach Kristen
Morwick's Women finished with 150 points, 76 behind champion Williams College
(226 pts.) and 40.5 ahead of third-place Colby College (109.5). Head Coach Connie
s Men tallied 119.5 points, narrowly edging out Bates College (119) for
second place, and finishing 15.5 points behind champion Williams (135).
Tufts won four individual and two relay titles in total at NESCACs. Each
team had two single champions and a relay champ. They also posted numerous runner-up
On the Women's side, junior Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin) finished
first in the 100 Meter Hurdles (14.96 seconds) and also ran the anchor leg in
the 4x100 Meter Relay that won in 48.99 seconds. She was joined by senior Myriam
Claudio (Woburn, MA/Open Bible Academy), freshman Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA/Sharon),
and sophomore Ayako Sawanobori (Arcadia, CA/Arcadia). Senior Mary Nodine (Portland,
ME/Portland) ran 11 minutes, 27.49 seconds in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase to
win that title.
Trombly also placed second in the 400 Meter Dash (57.64 seconds) and was
second in the Long Jump (17 feet, 1 /14 inches). Bloom was busy herself, taking
second place in the 100 Meter Dash (12.78 seconds) and in the 200 Meter Dash
(25.85 seconds). Junior Lauren Caputo (Belmont, MA/Belmont) was behind Nodine
for second place in the Steeplechase with an 11:37.01 finish. Sophomore Melissa Graveley (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) finished second in the high jump with
a best of 5'
Also earning All-NESCAC honors for the Women (top three finishers in each
event) were junior Emily Bersin (Orleans, MA/Nauset) in the 400 Meter Hurdles,
in which she was third with a time of 1:05.03, and junior Kate Gluckman (Morrisville,
VT/Peoples Academy), who was third in the Discus with a best throw of 121'
Claudio also had thirds in the 100 Meter Dash (13.12) and the Pole Vault (10'
On the Men's side, senior tri-captain Greg Devine (Springfield, MA/Central)
was first in the 400 Meter Hurdles (53.97) and second in the 110 Meter Hurdles
(14.91). Junior Peter Jurczynski (Guilderland, NY/Guilderland) made it a sweep
of the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase for Tufts by winning the men's race in a time
of 9:41.70. The 4x400 Meter Relay team, consisting of sophomore Ray Carre (Middletown,
CT/Xavier), freshman Shawn Hansberry (Westford, MA/Westford Academy), freshman
Patrick Mahoney (Cranford, NJ/St. Joseph), and freshman Trevor Williams (Clifton
Park, NY/Shenandehowa) took first place with a time of 3:19.41.
Sophomore Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH/Merrimack Valley) finished second in
the 10,000 Meter Run (31:20.03) and classmate Dan March (Bethesda, MD/Walt Whitman)
took second in the Hammer Throw with a distance of 167'
Each of the eight men listed above earned All-NESCAC honors (top 3). Senior
tri-captain Bryan Pitko (Arlington, MA/Arlington) also gained conference honors
with a third place in the 110 Meter Hurdles (15.32). Devine also had a third
in the Long Jump with a 21'
6 3/4" best.
Against their peers in New England on May 1-3, Tufts again came home with
four titles. The Men's New England Division III meet was at Bates College, while
the Women's meet was contested at Williams. The Women placed third and the Men
Trombly was again the Women's leader, earning two individual firsts and a
relay first. She smashed the 400 Meter Hurdles school record in 1:02.28, winning
by nearly two seconds and qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships
in the event. She also won the 100 Meter Hurdles in 15.21 seconds. The winning
4x100 Meter Relay team of Claudio, Trombly, Sawanobori and Bloom broke the school
record with their time of 48.99 seconds.
Senior Danielle Perrin (Watertown, CT/Taft School) also broke a school record
in the Steeplechase by over 8 seconds with an 11:19.79 time for third place. Nodine was right behind her in 11:19.91. The 4x400 Meter Relay Team, with Bersin,
Bloom, sophomore Sika Henry (Upper Montclair, NJ/Mount Saint Dominic) and Trombly
took second with a 3:55.46 time. Gluckman was the runner-up in the Discus Throw
with a best throw of 133 feet flat.
Devine was the only member of the Men's team to medal at New England'
won the 400 Meter Hurdles title with a time of 52.01 seconds. That time automatically
qualified him to compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to be
hosted by Saint Lawrence University on May 22-24. It is tied for the third best
time in the country this season. Devine was also third in the 100 Meter Hurdles
at New England'
s with a 15.19 finish.
He and Trombly are the only definite participants at Nationals for Tufts
thus far. Her 1:02.28 400 Meter Hurdles time at New England'
s ranks fifth nationally.
Trombly is also automatically qualified for the Heptathlon after scoring a school-record
4,707 points in the multi-sport event at the Penn Relays. Several individuals
and relays on both squads have either qualified provisionally, or are close,
and will look to improve their times at the upcoming All-New England Championships
hosted by the University of New Hampshire on May 9-10 and the ECAC Division
III Championships at Springfield College on May 15-16.