WATERFORD, Conn. – Senior captains Tim Nichols and Luke O'Connor of the Tufts University men's cross country team finished first and second overall, respectively, out of 241 runners at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday in Waterford, Connecticut, as the Jumbos finished fourth overall out of 20 teams.
|Andrew Doherty Munro was the Jumbos' fourth-place finisher Saturday.|
The Jumbos posted a team score of 114, as the squad finished 13 points ahead of fifth-place Brandeis and nine points behind third-place Connecticut College. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished first overall with 79 team points, while Middlebury received second-place honors with 84 points. The top-five runners on each squad factor into the final team scores.
Nichols and O'Connor have formed a sensational one-two punch this year, as they finished first and second overall, respectively, at the Bates Invitational on Sept. 17. At the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 1, Nichols posted a program-best time of 23.58 in the 8-kilometer race, while O'Connor posted the second-fastest time in program history with a mark of 24.24.
At Harkness Memorial State Park Saturday, Nichols posted a time of 24:11.1 on the 8-kilometer course, while O'Connor posted a mark of 24:37.7. Sophomore Dylan Jones was the Jumbos' third-place finisher with a time of 25:41.2, as he finished 26th overall.
Sophomore Andrew Doherty Munro finished 43rd overall (26:04.5) and freshman David Ng'etich finished 45th overall (26:06.3), as the two athletes were the Jumbos' fourth and fifth-place finishers, respectively. Sophomore Brian Reaney placed 48th overall (26:12.9), while junior Sam Little (26:14.3) and sophomore James Gregoire (26:18.5) finished 49th and 50th overall, respectively.
Sophomore Rory Buckman finished 53rd overall (26:23.8), sophomore Christian Swenson finished 54th (26:26.7), sophomore Brian Djerf finished 61st (26:29.3), sophomore Tom Doyle finished 62nd (26:29.8), sophomore Colin Raposo finished 64th (26:31.1), sophomore Hiroto Watanabe finished 67th (26:35.8) and freshman Michael Carnavos finished 71st (26:42.0).
Other strong performances for the Jumbos included sophomore Kyle Anderson (26:50.2), junior John Greenberg (26:53.6), junior Tom DePalma (27:16.6), freshman Matthew D'Anieri (27:25.3), freshman Taylor Wurts (27:48.8), senior Chris Warren (28:22.7), freshman Dylan McEniry (29:13.8), junior Christopher Gregory (29:31.7) and freshman Jackson Mihm (29:51.8).
Next on the radar for the Jumbos will be the NESCAC Championship, which will be held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on Saturday (Oct. 29).