Nichols Runs #1 Time in Nation and School Record for 5,000 at Men's Track & Field Cupid Challenge

Thomas Miller won the 200 meters with a national top 30 mark of 22.62

MEDFORD - Senior Tim Nichols of the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team demolished the school record and ran the nation's fastest time in the 5,000 meters at the annual Cupid Challenge hosted by the Jumbos at the Gantcher Center today.

Nichols clocked a 14:19.45 in the 5K to establish a new Tufts mark replacing the 14:28.68 previous record run by teammate Luke O'Connor last year. Nichols' mark also blew away the previous national-best time of 14:34.27 set by Williams College's Peter Hale on January 27. The nation's top two times in the event were run at Gantcher today as MIT's Dennis Maloney timed 14:26.80 for second place.

This is the second straight week that Nichols has set a school record and posted a #1 national time. His 8:21.51 in the 3,000 meters at Tufts last week - since replaced at the top of the national list - did the same thing.

In his first meet of the season today, junior Stefan Duvivier nearly broke the Tufts record in the high jump. He cleared 6'8" (2.03m) to tie for first at the meet with MIT's Alec Reduker. The mark is ranked 13th nationally for Division III as of 5 pm Friday afternoon. Both athletes made three attempts at 6'9 3/4", which would have been a new school record for Duvivier, but missed on each. The Tufts record is 6'9" (2.06m) shared by James Bradley (2009) and James Sutherland (1983).

Three other Jumbos posted national top 35 marks at the meet. Sophomore Colin Raposo had a 4:20 flat to place fourth in a strong mile field with the #28 time in DIII. Sophomore Thomas Miller won the 200 meters in 22.62 seconds for the #29 mark in the nation. Junior Linus Gordon's 22'7 1/4" (6.89m) long jump won the event and ranks 32nd in the country.

Other Tufts victories on Saturday came from junior Peter Clark in the 60-meter dash with a 7.07 finish, sophomore Hiroto Watanabe in the 800 (1:54.97) and graduate student Michael Paloian with a 52'3 1/4" (14.88m) in the weight throw.

The Jumbos posted season-best marks in seven events overall. In addition to Nichols, Duvivier, Raposo, Gordon and Paloian, an 8:08.27 time by the 4x800-meter relay foursome of junior Tom DePalma, junior Sam Little, Watanabe and Raposo was Tufts' fastest in the event this season. Sophomore Josh Etkind's 43'5" (13.23m) distance in the triple jump was also a Tufts season-best.

There was no team scoring at today's meet.

Tufts has meets at MIT and Boston University next weekend (Feb. 10-11) before returning home to host the New England Division III Championships at Gantcher on February 17-18.

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