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Sunday, May 17, 2009


MEDFORD -- Three members of the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team will be in Marietta, Ohio this week for the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Championships. Senior quad-captain Skip Pagel (Mystic, CT) and junior Jared Engelking (Westborough, MA) are both in the NCAA field for the decathlon, and junior Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) will compete in the 5,000 meter run.

The NCAA meet will be hosted by Marietta College beginning on Thursday and running through Saturday (May 21-23). Pagel and Faller are making their second appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while it will be the first time for Engelking.

Pagel is ranked second out of 17 entrants in the decathlon. He scored a school-record 6,871 points in the event at the All-New England Championships hosted by UMass May 8-9. He will be looking to surpass his sixth-place total of 6,656 points at the 2007 outdoor championships. Engelking enters NCAA's ranked ninth with the 6,582 points that he scored at the New England Division 3 meet at Springfield College April 30-May 1. The NCAA decathlon starts on Thursday with the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters. Friday's five events are the 100-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meters.

Faller's 14:26.01 time in the 5K that he ran at Princeton University's Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17 qualified sixth for the 2009 NCAA meet. That race is scheduled for Saturday at 3:55 pm. Faller was 13th in last year's NCAA 5K with a 15:04.45 time.

NCAA Division 3 Outdoor Track & Field Championships Website