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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, running a solid 1:55.53 on the banked track. Alex Apostolides ’16 also closed out his season in the race, as he ran 1:57.25 for ninth overall.

In other action on the day, tri-captain Ben Wallis ’14 ran a brave and gusty 5000 meters, and crossed the li

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 time that was second only to Southern Maine among Div. 3 teams, and a time that now ranks 4th in the nation. With one week to go for teams to qualify for NCAAs, the Jumbos, who sit comfortably in the top 12 4x400 teams in the nation, will most likely send thi

Strength Across Events, Four Victories Highlight Jumbos\' 2nd Place Finish at DIIIs

2/26/2014 8:36 AM The Jumbos competed at the first championship meet of the season this past weekend - the Division III New Englands. With All-New England performances in the throws, sprints, mid-distance, distance, multi events, and all three relays, nationally 9th-ranked Tufts placed second to 7th-ranked MIT 138-94.

Andrew Osborne ’14 and Alex Karys ’16 started off the meet on Friday by competing in the first four of their seven events in the heptathlon. Both battled well through their additional three events on Saturday and earned All-New England honors, as Osborne took fifth with a score of 4376 points, while Karys took sixth with 4297 points. Their strong start set the tone for the rest of the meet.

Mid-D propelled the Jumbos to 20 of their points, as Veer Bhalla ’16 took the 600 meter crown in a new school record in 1:20.46. Bhalla was in second place until about 200 meters to go, when he separated from USM Junior Kevin Desmond to take both 10 points and a new school record. His training pa

DMR Posts Impressive Performance at Cupid Invitational

2/19/2014 7:03 AM This past weekend, Tufts hosted their final regular season meet of indoors, the Tufts Cupid Invitational. The USTFCCCA deemed it the “meet of the weekend” due to both regional rivalries that would blossom at the meet and due to the strength of teams competing. One such event that allowed the USTFCCCA to award Tufts this honor was the Distance Medley Relay, which ended up becoming one of the deepest DMRs to ever take place in Division 3 history.

In this DMR, which showcased top ranked teams such as Central College, who flew all the way out from Iowa to take on the competition at this meet, Tufts took 2nd as 7 of the top 8 times in the country were set.

Mitch Black ’16 ran the 1200 meter leg for the Jumbos. An 800 meter specialist, Black handed off the baton to Graham Beutler ’14 tight with the other squads, running a 3:01 split. Beutler then gapped the field in his leg, the 400 meters, splitting 49.1 before handing off to Veer Bhalla ’16, the 800 meter leg. Bhalla increased the

Hoover-Hankerson Lands New England LJ Mark, Give Tufts DIII Qualifier in Every Event

2/12/2014 7:30 AM With the distance squad taking advantage of the bouncy banks of the BU track, the throwers and jumpers used the fast runways of MIT to notch PRs and more qualifying marks at the Gordon Kelly Invitational. Mitch Stallman ’15 and Pietro Possenti ’17 both cleared 4.00 meters in the pole vault; marks which lead the team. In the long jump, Bryson Hoover-Hankerson ’16 qualified for the Div. 3 New England meet with his 6.46 m (21’2.5”) leap. By qualifying in the long jump, Hoover-Hankerson affirmed that Tufts now has a Div. 3 New England qualifier in every event, an accomplishment that not many other teams can claim.

Brian Williamson ’15 and Atticus Swett ’16 continued their dominating seasons in the throws as they took 2nd (15.18 m/49’9.75”) and 3rd (14.64 m/48’0.5”) in the shot put. Swett later returned in the weight throw to heave the weight 14.47 m (47’5.75”) on his way to a 3rd place finish. Freshman Thomas Wang '17 added a runner-up finish in the 60m hurdles (9.07) to cap an impress
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Alumni Run
Sep 13, 11:00 AM
Bowdoin Invite (Bowdoin College)
Sep 27, 11:00 AM
Purple Valley Classic (Williams College)
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
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Nov 15, 11:00 AM
Regionals (Williams College)
Nov 22, 11:00 AM
NCAA's (Mason, OH)
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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
Feb 7, 10:00 AM
BU David Hemery Invite (Boston University)
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