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Jumbos Take Another Step Forward at Purple Valley Classic

9/30/2014 2:31 PM The Tufts Men’s Cross Country team met their first true test against stiff regional competition at the Purple Valley Classic Invitational at Williams College. The race featured 7 teams ranked in the top 10 in New England, and was a great opportunity for teams to preview the NCAA Regionals course. A tough course combined with unseasonably warm temperatures lead to slow times across the board, but Tufts came out with a strong team finish of 5th place, defeating last year’s regional runner up team Middlebury College and showing they have what it takes to compete with some of the top DIII teams in the country.

The Jumbos once again took a conservative approach to the first couple of miles in the race. The core pack of Tufts runners came ...

Jumbos Defeat Alum to Break Two-Year Losing Streak

9/17/2014 1:21 PM For the past two years, the Jumbos have suffered crushing defeats at the hand of their former teammates. Excuses were being thrown around left and right, with words like “tempo run” and “workout” clouding the integrity of the event. This year, the alumni came into the race as heavy favorites to reclaim their crown. Connor Rose, speaking for the alumni group, said in a private message before the race “we are going to go 1-4 obviously,” and with regards to the core pack of current Tufts runners “I think Scott could beat ‘em. He’s a beast.” Even the current athletes were prepared for the worst. Co-Captain Nick Guarnaccia said the Wednesday before the race “I think we’re totally screwed.”

Despite all of this trash t...

O Connor's victory propels Jumbo depth to 2nd at Bowdoin Invite

9/16/2014 12:03 PM On a cool early September day, the Jumbos traveled north to open the racing season at the Bowdoin Invitational. In what will certainly be the smallest meet of the season, they faced off against 5 other teams from around the region: Johnson & Wales, Maine Maritime, University of Maine Farmington, Lyndon State, and hosts Bowdoin College. Tufts took second place in the race, falling only to Bowdoin who had a strong performance on their home course.

The performance of Sophomore Luke O’Connor was the highlight of the race for the Jumbos, as he took his first collegiate victory in a personal best time of 25:39. O’Connor showed his strength in the final stages of the race, opening a 12 second gap on the rest of the leading pack over the fin...

Bhalla qualifies for Nationals at Last Chance

3/13/2014 4:10 PM Veer Bhalla ’16 went into the Tufts Last Chance Meet last Thursday, on the bubble of qualifying for Nationals in the 800 meters. Teammate Mitch Black ’16 had already ran the fastest time in the nation earlier in the year to punch his ticket to the big dance, and now it was up to Bhalla to follow in Black’s footsteps.

After Black rabbited the field through 1:22 at the 600, Bhalla was able to close and was able to run a PR of 1:52.86 on a flat track, which converts to a 1:51.26 on a banked track. This was good enough for the fifth fastest time nationally, and to give Bhalla a ticket to Lincoln, Nebraska for Nationals this weekend.

As a tune-up to the mile at Nationals, tri-captain Jamie Norton ’14 was also entered in the race, ...

Record-Busting Season Continues at Open New Englands with 4x400

3/5/2014 11:46 AM A few Jumbos headed five miles down the road to the Boston University Track and Tennis Center to the NEICAAA championship (otherwise known as Open New Englands) on Saturday in order to qualify for Div. III nationals, improve on their seed times, or, for many athletes, to run a final fast time on an indoor track before outdoor season begins.

The Jumbos had some electrifying performances, but the race of the day wasn’t until late in the meet. In this race, the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Mitch Black ’16, Graham Beutler ’14, Francis Goins ’16, and Alex Kasemir ’16 broke the former school record set by Beutler, Goins, and former runners Vinnie Lee and Ben Crastnopol in 2012. Their time of 3:15.35 put them in 4th place overall, a...
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Sep 6 10:30 AM
Oct 11 11:00 AM
Open New Englands (Franklin Park)
Oct 18 11:00 AM
Conn College Invite (Connecticut College)
Nov 1 11:00 AM
NESCAC's (Middlebury College)
Nov 8 11:00 AM
ECAC's (Westfield State College)
Nov 15 11:00 AM
Regionals (Williams College)
Nov 22 11:00 AM
NCAA's (Mason, OH)
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Jan 17 10:00 AM
Tufts Invite #1
Jan 24 12:00 PM
Bowdoin Invite (Bowdoin College)
Jan 30 2:00 PM
Tufts Stampede Multi
Jan 31 10:00 AM
Tufts Stampede
Jan 31 12:00 PM
John Thomas Invitational (Boston University)
Feb 7 10:00 AM
Tufts Cupid Challenge
Feb 14 12:00 PM
David Hemery Invitational (Boston University)
Feb 20 12:00 PM
DIII New England Championship (Springfield College)
Feb 27 12:00 PM
All-New England Championship (Boston University)
Mar 6 12:00 PM
Tufts Last Chance Meet
Mar 6 12:00 PM
ECAC Championship (The Armory, New York)
Mar 13 12:00 PM
DIII NCAA Championship (Winston-Salem State University)
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Mar 21 12:00 PM
Spring Break Meet TBD (TBD)
Mar 28 12:00 PM
Snowflake Classic
Apr 3 12:00 PM
Sam Howell Invitational (Princeton University)
Apr 4 12:00 PM
Amherst College Invitational (Amherst College)
Apr 11 12:00 PM
Connecticut College Invitational (Connecticut College)
Apr 15 12:00 PM
Holy Cross Multi Event (Holy Cross)
Apr 18 12:00 PM
UMass Lowell Invitational (UMass Lowell)
Apr 25 12:00 PM
NESCAC Championship (Williams College)
May 1 12:00 PM
Division III New England Championship (MIT)
May 8 12:00 PM
All-New England Championship (MIT)
May 14 12:00 PM
ECAC Championship (Springfield College)
May 21 12:00 PM
DIII NCAA Championship (St. Lawrence University)