|Tim Nichols has run three Tufts record times in 2017|
PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior Tim Nichols of the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team became the first runner in Jumbo history to finish the 10,000 meters in under 30 minutes as he timed 29:37.09 to win the race at Princeton University's Sam Howell Invitational tonight.
Nichols' time is 27.53 seconds faster than the previous Tufts record of 30:04.62 also ran at Princeton's Weaver Stadium by Matt Lacey at the 2005 IC4A Championships. Tonight's time ranks first nationally, as Nichols was an impressive 45.95 seconds faster than the previous DIII season-best of 30:23.02 set by sophomore Brad Hodkinson from Pacific Lutheran on March 3.
Running at the front of the pack all race, Nichols took over the lead after 6,000 meters and pulled away. Second-place Peter Hale from Williams College finished in 30:00.66, more than 23 seconds behind Nichols. The time also blew away Nichols' previous best of 30:12.59 that he ran at this race last year.
The 5,000 meters national champion at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10, Nichols was competing for the first time this outdoor season. He was first out of 17 finishers in tonight's race.
This marks the third school record that Nichols has set during the 2017 Tufts track season. Indoors, he ran Jumbo bests of 8:21.51 in the 3,000 meters and 14:19.45 in the 5k. He was also the New England Small College Athletic Conference and NCAA New England Region champion in cross country, as well as the third-place finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championship.
Tufts senior Luke O'Connor was also in action on Friday night and ran 14:48.55 in the 5,000 meters. The time ranks 11th nationally heading into the weekend. He was sixth out of 58 finishers in the race.
The rest of the Tufts team is headed up to Bates College on Saturday for a tri-meet including MIT.