Men's Cross Country Finishes Eighth out of 55 Teams at NCAA Regional

Colin Raposo was the Jumbos' top finisher today 

MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's cross country team finished in eighth place today at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship in Gorham, Maine.

The Jumbos finished with an overall team score of 259 with their top five runners counting towards the score. MIT won the race with a score of 81. Amherst was second with 91 and Middlebury was third with 124. The top two teams automatically qualified for the NCAA Nationals next Saturday.

Junior Colin Raposo crossed the finish line first for Tufts in 35th place overall with a time of 26:13.8 for the eight-kilometer course.

The next three Jumbos all finished within five spots of each other. Dylan Jones (26:22.8) was 51st, Andrew Doherty Munro (26:24.0) 54th, and Brian Reaney (26:25.6) 55th.

Christian Swenson rounded out the top five for Tufts. He was 64th with a 26:32.0. Hiroto Watanabe (26:35.0) and Patrick Nero (26:49.5) also competed for the Jumbos.

Raposo has a shot at earning an individual bid to Nationals. The top seven runners from Regionals whose team did not qualify will earn a bid. It'll be clear whether or not he earned one after the at-large bids are handed out to teams. The New England Regional typically earns between two and four at-large bids added to their two automatic qualifiers. 

The NCAA Championships will take place at the North Farm Cross Country Facility in Illinois next Saturday, Nov. 18. 

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern