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Thursday, May 4, 2006


MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team finished second out of 11 teams at Saturday' s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships. The performance was led by nine Jumbos who earned All-Conference honors with their top three finishes during the day.

Tufts interim head coach Ethan Barron was also named by his peers at the meet as the 2006 NESCAC Track & Field Coach of the Year. In his first year as director of the Tufts program, Barron was also the Co-Coach of the Year during cross country season.

Three Jumbos won NESCAC titles at the meet hosted by Bowdoin. Senior tri-captain Matt Lacey (Amherst, MA/Amherst) was first in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14 minutes, 55.25 seconds. The title was the second in NESCAC competition for Lacey, who was the 10K champ a year ago.

Sophomore Jeremy Arak (Ipswich, MA/Ipswich) won the high jump title on Saturday by clearing 6' 6" in his first attempt. He is one of four member of Tufts' sophomore class to earn All-NESCAC recognition. Senior tri-captain Jason Galvin (Norwell, MA/Norwell) became the first Tufts thrower to win a conference title this decade with his 179-foot, 7-inch heave to take the hammer throw.

The rest of the Tufts honorees were third-place finishers. Senior Patrick Mahoney (Cranford, NJ/St. Joseph) finished 800 meters in 1:55.30. Sophomore Chris Kantos (Apple Valley, MN/Eastview) ran the 10,000 meters in 31:34.55, sophomore Dave Sorenson (Dover, MA/Dover-Sherborn) third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase 9:32.44.

In the field events, senior Tim Bassell (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) placed third in pole vault at 12' 6", junior Fred Jones (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon) reached 22' 3 3/4" in the long jump and sophomore Dan Marcy (Middletown, NY/St. Paul' s) earned honors in the triple jump with 46' 2" best.

Tufts scored 118.5 points at the meet, out-distancing Middlebury College' s 105.5 for third place. Middlebury College senior Kevin Bright repeated as the Sebasteanski Award winner as the Most Outstanding Male Performer at the NESCAC meet. Connecticut College' s Brian Murtagh was named the male Most Outstanding Rookie Performer.