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Monday, March 10, 2008


MEDFORD -- The Tufts University men's track & field program is sending three athletes to the 2008 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships this weekend (March 14-15) at the Ohio Northern University Sports Center in Ada, Ohio. Senior quad-captain Dan Marcy (Middletown, NY) will compete in the triple jump, junior James Bradley (Atkinson, NH) is entered in the high jump and senior quad-captain Dave Sorensen (Dover, MA) qualified in the mile run.

Sorensen will be the first Jumbo to compete. He's in the preliminaries of the mile run on Friday at 5 pm CST. The final is set for Saturday at 2:30 pm. Sorensen was the 13th and final competitor to qualify for the field. His converted time of 4:13.43 at the All-New England Championships at BU got him in.

Marcy had the fourth-best triple jump of the season in NCAA Division III competition. His distance of 48'2 1/2" at the ECAC's last Friday at Harvard was an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The preliminaries and finals of the NCAA triple jump begin on Saturday at 10 am.

Bradley is in the high jump field after a 6'7 1/2" effort at the All-New England Championships at home in the Gantcher Center on February 23. The preliminaries and finals are on Saturday starting at 1:30 pm.

All three Jumbos have prior NCAA meet experience. At the 2007 Outdoor Nationals last spring, Sorensen ran sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 9:03.39 time for All-American honors. Also at that meet, Bradley tied for 13th place in the high jump with a 6'4 3/4" best mark. Marcy is now a three-time NCAA qualifier. At Indoors 2006 he was an All-American with a sixth-place triple jump of 47'9 3/4". He also qualified outdoors that season, but failed to make the final.

Tufts tied for seventh place at the NCAA Indoor meet last season behind the jumping excellence of 10-time All-American Fred Jones.