|Curtis Yancy won the ECAC weight throw title
NEW YORK, NY - With one victory and seven scoring performances, the Tufts men's track and field team finished as the runner-up out of 56 teams at the ECAC Championship on Friday and Saturday. The meet was held at the Armory in New York City.
Bates won the team title with 43 points. The Jumbos were 10 back, barely edging third-place Amherst by one. The College of New Jersey and UMass Dartmouth rounded out the top five with 29 and 24 points respectively.
As the final meet before the NCAA Championship, several Tufts athletes set out to improve individual national qualifying marks, while others looked to end their season on a high note.
Junior Curtis Yancy (St. Louis, MO) certainly took advantage of the opportunity. He won the weight throw with a toss of 61'4 1/4" (18.70m). That mark improves his personal best by over two meters, ranks second in school history and puts him in 11th on the national qualifying list. With the top 13 competitors from each event earning a bid to NCAA's, Yancy secures a berth to the national championship for the first time in his career.
Freshman Brian Williamson (Prairie Village, KS) also fared well in a throwing event. He finished as the runner-up in the shot put with his heave of 51'5 3/4" (15.69m). Also securing a runner-up finish was sophomore Andrew Osborne (Andover, MA). His 4,343 points in the heptathlon were good enough for second.
Junior Gbola Ajayi (Lagos, Nigeria) scored nine points for Tufts with his high finishes in the jumping events. He took third in the long jump with a leap of 23'2" (7.06m), a new personal best. In the triple jump, his mark of 46'2 1/2" (14.08m) was good enough for sixth. His season-best jump in that event ranks him 13th nationally.
The Jumbos also fared well on the track. Junior Kyle Marks (Carmel, IN) placed fourth in the 3,000 with a new personal best time of 8:29.32. That mark is the third-fastest in school history.
The distance medley relay (DMR) team of senior Connor Rose (Irvine, CA), junior Jeff Marvel (Naples, FL), and sophomores Graham Beutler (Weston, CT) and Bobby McShane (Mansfield, MA) clocked a time of 9:58.64 to place third. That time currently ranks tenth nationally.
Many Tufts athletes were able to close out the indoor season with stellar performances. Next week, the Jumbos will have at least three athletes competing in the NCAA Championship in Grinnell, Iowa. Marvel (800), Rose (mile) and Yancy (weight throw) will certainly qualify. Ajayi and the DMR will await the final national qualifying bids, which will be released by the NCAA tomorrow afternoon.