Men's Cross Country 5th Among DIII Teams at Lehigh's Paul Short Run

Freshman Evan Ensslin has been Tufts' lead runner in all three races this fall.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Tufts University men's cross country team was 17th overall and fifth among Division III teams in the Men's College Brown 8K Race at Lehigh University's Paul Short Run on Saturday.

With their five scoring finishes totaling to 487, the Jumbos were just three points out of third place for Division III. NYU and Ramapo tied for third among DIII teams with 484 scores. A total of 15 Division III teams were among the 45 total teams in the race.

Freshman Evan Ensslin continued to lead the Jumbos this fall, running 25:32 for the eight kilometers to place 75th overall. Sophomore Sam Gatti (25:42.1) and junior Patrick Nero (25:43.1) were also among the top 100 in the race the featured 390 competitors.

Sophomore Neerav Gade scored fourth for Tufts with a 25:43.7 finish, and sophomore Joseph Harmon was the fifth and final Jumbo scorer with a 25:51.6 mark.

Sophomores John Cyprus (26:11.7) and Collin O'Sullivan (26:12.4) rounded out the Tufts top seven.

Four Jumbos also competed in an open 8K event earlier in the day. Sophomore Nick Delaney was the first Tufts finisher (161st overall) in a 26:14.3 time.

The University of New Hampshire won the College Brown 8K team scoring title handily with a 114. Dickinson was fifth overall and first among DIII teams with a 273 score.

The Paul Short Run is one of the largest annual intercollegiate cross country meets in the U.S., featuring 14 races and over 6,000 runners from colleges and high schools across the country.

Tufts is at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship at Franklin Park next Saturday.