Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2001


MEDFORD – Six members of three Tufts fall sports teams earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors as the first wave of league awards was announced recently.

Senior co-captain Aristedes "J.R." Cruz (Centereach, NY/Centereach) earned All-NESCAC First Team honors in men's cross country. Classmate and fellow co-captain Ben Smith (Noank, CT/Fitch) and freshman Nate Brigham (Penacook, NH/) were named to the All-NESCAC Second Team in men's cross country, with Brigham earning NESCAC Rookie of the Year as well. Sophomore Brad Hawes (Natick, MA/Natick) and junior Dan Kramer (Los Angeles, CA/Windward School) earned 2001 All-NESCAC Second Team honors in golf. Senior midfielder Katie Kehrberger (Waldwick, NJ/Waldwick) was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team in women's soccer.

By virtue of finishing sixth in the NESCAC Championship Race at Bowdoin College last Saturday (Oct. 27), Cruz received First Team conference honors. His 25:30 time helped Head Coach Connie Putnam's team place second out of 11 teams overall. Smith narrowly missed First Team kudos (top 7), earning a Second Team nod with his eighth-place finish in 25:41. Brigham was the top freshman finisher in the race and 11th overall with a 25:50 time. The Jumbos were defeated by host Bowdoin for the conference championship.

Like cross country, the All-NESCAC golf team was selected based on performances at the conference championship meet. Hawes and Kramer were part of a four-way tie for ninth place at the league championship held at Williams College's Taconic Golf Club on September 29-30. Hawes shot rounds of 76 and 83 for a 159 final, while Kramer was a consistent 79-80-159 as the duo helped Head Coach Bob Sheldon's team to a tie for sixth place with Hamilton College. Host Williams was the run-away winner of the conference title.

A model of consistency during her four years at Tufts, Kehrberger was rewarded with All-NESCAC status for her senior season. The defensive center-mid for the Jumbos, she also handled most of the corner kicks. A physical presence in the center of the field, she ran through every ball and wasn't afraid to run through an opposing player. On corners, she put the ball in the same place every time, which helped her accumulate three assists for the season.