Men's Cross Country Finishes 3rd at Season Opening Bates Invitational

Joseph Harmon ran third for the Jumbos in the 2019 opener.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – Tufts University Men's Cross Country opened their season with a third-place finish at the Bates Invitational 8,000-meter race on Saturday afternoon at Pineland Farms.

While the team scoring at regular cross country meet include the top five runners, this event scores the top 10 finishers from each team. Host Bates earned first place in the event with a score of 109. Connecticut College edged the Jumbos by four points for second place as the Camels earned 264 points while Tufts scored 268. Middlebury finished in a close fourth with a score of 295 while Southern Maine rounded out the team score with 413 points.

Freshman Evan Ensslin (26:17.2) led the Jumbos with an eighth-place finish in his first collegiate race. Classmate Connor Giersch (26.42.5) finished 12th also in his collegiate debut. Sophomore Joseph Harmon (26:49.9) and junior Patrick Nero (26:56.7) both earned top-20 finishes in the season opener.

Junior Peter Horvath (27:21.0) crossed the line in 31st in the race featuring 76 individuals overall, with sophomore teammate Joyhn Cyprus right behind him in 32nd (27:23.2). Jumbo sophomores Nicholas Delaney (27.29.9) and Collin O'Sullivan (27:30.7) and junior Dalton Tanner (27:32.4) found themselves in the 35th, 36th and 37th places overall, all within seconds of each other. Junior Harry Steinberg (27:41.3) and freshman Kyle Krell (27:44.9) rounded out the Jumbo scorers with 42nd and 43rd place finishes.

Taylor Wurts (28:10.0), John Pappo (28:30.1), Oliver Printy (28:45.8), Eli Kritzer (28:49.5), and Joe Berrafati (29:09.1) all competed for Tufts as well.

The Jumbos will travel to the Purple Valley Classic, hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School, next Saturday. They are scheduled to start at 12:10 pm.