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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


MEDFORD -- On the heels of their excellent second-place finish at the 11-team New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) meet on Saturday at home, the Tufts University men's track & field team had 13 members honored today as the All-Conference Team was announced. The top three finishers in each event during the championship receive All-NESCAC recognition.

Seniors Jared Engelking (Westborough, MA) and Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA) both earned All-NESCAC honors for the fourth straight season. Engelking won the 110-meter hurdles and Faller was second in the 5,000 meters.

Seniors Trevor Donadt (North Attleborough, MA) and Mark Soskin (Minnetonka, MN), along with junior Alex Gresham (Milton, MA) were All-Conference performers for the second time in their careers. Donadt was top three in two events, winning the 400 hurdles and taking second in the 110 hurdles. Soskin also earned the accolades in two events, winning with the 4x100-meter relay and finishing as the runner-up in the 100 meters. Gresham was third in the hammer throw. Donadt and Soskin previously earned honors in 2008, while Gresham is All-NESCAC for the second straight year.

Seven Jumbos had All-Conference perforamnces for the first time. Freshman Vinnie Lee (Walpole, MA) did it in three events. He won with the 4x100 relay, was second in the 200 meters, and took third in the 100 meters. He was one of six freshmen to finish among the top three for Tufts on Saturday. Gbola Ajayi (Lagos, Nigeria) and Lomie Cunningham (Bergen, NJ) were part of the 4x100 relay, Michael Blair (Wellesley, MA) won the high jump, Brad Nakanishi (Scarborough, ME) was first in the pole vault, and Jeff Marvel (Naples, FL) was third in the 800 meters.

Senior Isaiah Paramore (Charlotte, NC) was the runner-up in the long jump, earning his first All-NESCAC award.

In addition to 12 athletes earning league honors, Jumbo head coach Ethan Barron was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time in the last five years. He was also Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Barron is quick to laud the work of his assistant coaches, and thinks of the award as more of a Coaching Staff of the Year honor. Mark Coogan, Mark Carberry, and Nate Cleveland are the distance coaches, Kevin Bright coaches the sprinters and hurdlers, Jeremy Arak and Chris Combs work with the jumpers, and Ed Arcaro and Lisa Wallin are the throwing coaches.

Freshman sprinter Vinnie Lee (second from right) was All-NESCAC in three events
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