Teams: Men's Track & Field: Press Releases
Monday, February 21, 2005
JUMBOS WIN FIVE TITLES, JONES BREAKS 55-YEAR OLD LONG JUMP MARK AT NEW
MEDFORD – Led by double-champion Fred Jones (Northfield, MA), the Tufts
indoor track & field team was the runner-up at the 2005 New England Division
III Indoor Championships over the weekend at the Gantcher Center. Tufts scored
108.5 points, behind only the 123 scored by team champion Williams College.
Jones won both the long jump and triple jump titles. His 23-foot, 9-inch
winning effort in the long jump was a Tufts record and a Gantcher facility record
and fell just shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 23-10. The jump put
Jones second in the nation in the event. It erased Bob Jones' 55-year old Tufts
mark of 23'7 1/2" from the record book. Jones won the triple jump on Saturday
with a 47-0 1/4 best effort. He is also ranked second nationally in the triple
with his season'
s best of 47-11 1/4 at Northeastern on December 4.
Tufts athletes won three other events. Senior Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH)
won the 5,000 meters by more than 11 seconds, finishing ahead of teammate Joshua
Kennedy (Guilford, CT) in second place with a 15:10.31 time. Senior Aaron Kaye
(Los Altos, CA) ran 2:31.60 to win the 1,000 meter run by a hair. Kaye joined
sophomore Dustin Virgilio, junior Pat Mahoney (Cranford, NJ) and senior
McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY) to win the distance medley relay with a time
Mahoney himself was the runner-up in the 800 meters, finishing in 1:55.61,
barely a half-second off the NCAA provisional mark and first place in the race.
Freshman Jeremy Arak (Ipswich, MA) scored in two events for Tufts, taking third
in the high jump at 6'
3 1/4" and fifth in the pentathlon (3,073 points). Junior
s (Auburn, NH) 14'
6" pole vault and the 4x400 meters relay time
of 3:24.53 also garnered third-place points for Tufts. The 4x4 group was Nate
Cleveland (Auburn, ME), Andrew Gordetsky, Nate Scott (East Harford, CT) and
Trevor Williams (Clifton Park, NY).
The Jumbos had two competitors among the top eight in both the 3,000 meter
run and the 55 meter hurdles. Junior Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA) was fourth and
senior Michael Don (Clayton, MO) was eighth in the 3,000 with 8:37.25 and 8:44.34
times, respectively. In the hurdles, Jamil Ludd (Washington, DC) was fifth in
7.96 seconds, while Nate Thompson (South Portland, ME) was eighth in 8.07 seconds.