|Matt Rand ran a national top 10 time in the 5,000 meters
BOSTON - Several members of the Tufts men's track & field team took advantage of the opportunity to compete against some of the best competition in the Northeast at the Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Saturday.
In the non-scoring meet consisting of teams from all divisions, the Tufts athletes looked to notch competitive individual marks that would qualify for championship meets.
The Jumbos' highest individual finish came from junior Matt Rand (Cape Elizabeth, ME). He placed 16th in the 5,000 with a time of 14:34.92, which currently ranks in the top 10 nationally this season.
Twelve Tufts athletes competed in the mile. Sophomore Ben Wallis (Dover, NH) led the way in 71st with a time of 4:17.82. Classmate Brian McLaughlin (Barrington, RI) and senior Jeff Prescott (Wilton, CT) were next across the line for the Jumbos in 90th and 95th with times of 4:20.25 and 4:21.03 respectively.
The Jumbos also fared well in the shorter events. Junior Sam Haney (Essex, CT) placed 38th in the 1,000 with a time of 2:32.93. In the 500, freshman Aaron Roseman (New York, NY) and junior Jeff Marvel (Naples, FL) finished in 24th and 26th with times of 1:07.11 and 1:07.21 respectively.
Junior Vinnie Lee (Walpole, MA) and sophomore Graham Beutler (Weston, CT) clocked fast times in sprint events. Lee notched a 49.84 in the 400 to finish 47th, and Beutler clocked a 22.34 in the 200 to place 26th.
The distance medley relay team composed of Beutler, Haney, Marvel, and senior Connor Rose (Irvine, CA) recorded a time of 10:00.47 to place seventh of 20 teams. That time puts the Jumbos in seventh place nationally so far this season.
The Jumbos will look to carry the momentum from these stellar performances into the championship season, which begins next weekend with the Division III New England Championship hosted by Springfield College.
Written by Matt Rand