National Top 20 Middle Distance Times Lead Men's Track & Field at Cupid Challenge

Ranjit Thomas had a runner-up finish in the triple jump

MEDFORD – Seniors Colin Raposo and Hiroto Watanabe both improved their nationally-ranked marks in middle-distance events today as the Jumbo men's indoor track & field team hosted the Cupid Challenge at the Gantcher Center.

Watanabe ran 1:55.83 in the 800 meters, which converts to a 1:54.20 that is ranked 17th in Division III as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. He was fourth in a very competitive race today. Raposo was third in the mile run amongst another talented field today as his 4:16.63 mark (4:13.30 converted) is at #18 nationally.

Jumbo freshmen Nicholas Delaney was behind Watanabe in the 800 with a 1:56.89 time that placed sixth and is #28 nationally in its converted form (1:55.25). Jumbo junior Matt D'Anieri also had a top 50 DIII time in the 800 race with his 1:57.61 finish (1:55.96 converted).

The 4x400-meters relay group of Watanabe, freshman Sam Oomen-Lochtefeld, junior Billy Witrock and freshman Ben Stein won today's race with a 3:29.82 time, the Jumbos' best time of the season. Freshman Tommy Bhangdia had the Jumbos' other victory in the long jump with 21'1 ½" (6.44m) flight. Tufts had four of the top five finishers in the event.

Tufts ran its first 5,000 of the season today and senior Dylan Jones was ninth overall with a 15:09.29 that converted to a 14:59.66 time that is #34 in Division III. 

Junior Kevin Quisumbing launched a career-best 50'6" (15.39m) in the weight throw to finish third. He was the runner-up in the shot put at 48'5 ¼" (14.76m). Junior Ranjit Thomas was second in the triple jump (41'5" – 12.62m) and sophomore Daeseob Lim matched his PR clearing 13'5 ¼" (4.10m) for fourth place in the pole vault.

Junior Robert Jones won the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash in 7.21 seconds, but did not compete in the semifinals despite qualifying.

With two weeks to go until they defend their back-to-back New England Division III indoor championships, the Jumbos have Boston University's David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the MIT Invitational on their schedule for next weekend.