Teams: Men's Track & Field: Press Releases
Monday, March 7, 2005
SIX MEN TO COMPETE AT NCAA ITRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
MEDFORD -- The field for the 2005 NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Championships
has been announced, and a total of six Jumbo men will represent Tufts in three
different events. The 2005 NCAA Championships will take place at Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington, Illinois on March 11-12.
Representing Tufts in the field events is sophomore Fred Jones (Northfield,
MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon), who will see action in the long jump and in the triple
jump for the Jumbos. Jones is seeded second in the long jump with a season-best
mark of 23 feet, 9 inches (7.24 meters), set on February 19 at the New England
Division III Championships hosted by Tufts University. Jones is the third seed
in the triple jump, more commonly his stronger event, with a 47-11 1/4 (14.61m)
best at Northeastern on December 4. The long jump preliminaries and final are
on Friday starting at 11 am CST. The triple jump prelims and final will be competed
on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Distance specialist Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH/Merrimack Valley) will compete
in the 5,000 meter run for the Jumbos. Seeded eighth in the field of 12, Brigham
ran his best time of the season - 14:39.09 (adjusted) - at Boston University'
St. Valentine Invitational on February 11. The 5,000 race goes off on Friday
at 7:35 pm.
Brigham and Jones both turned in top 10 performances at last year'
indoor meet. Jones was sixth in the triple jump with a 47-4 1/2 leap. Brigham
was ninth in the 5,000 meters with 15:00.06 time. Tufts placed 40th at the meet
as a team.
The Distance Medley has been Tufts'
top relay all season and will get a chance
to prove itself on a national level this weekend. The squad of senior Aaron
Kay Fortin (Los Altos, CA/Los Altos), junior Trevor Williams (Clifton Park,
NY/Shenendehowa), junior Patrick Mahoney (Cranberry, NJ) and junior
(Raymond, ME/North Yarmouth Academy) is seeded ninth in the field of 10 with
a season-best time of 10:02.93 (adjusted), set at the St. Valentine's Invitational
on February 11. At press time, Kaye was expected to lead off in the 12, followed
by Williams on the 400 leg, Mahoney in the 8 and Fortin in the anchor mile.
The DMR closes Friday'
s action with a starting time of 8:40 pm.