Jones 3rd in 5,000 Meters to Start Men's Track & Field Off at New England DIII Meet

Freshman Collin O'Sullivan ran the lead leg for the DMR

CAMBRIDGE – Senior Dylan Jones finished third in the 5,000 meters as the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team competed on the first day of the 2019 New England Division III Championships hosted by MIT Friday.

Jones' 15:06.83 time in the 5K was his season-best and scored six points for the Jumbos. Also on Friday, senior co-captain Benji Wallace finished fifth in the pole vault. His 14'8" (4.47m) clearance scored three points for the Jumbos.

Tufts also recorded a point with an eighth-place finish in the distance medley relay on Friday. The DMR timed 10:32.12 with a foursome of freshman Collin O'Sullivan, junior Danny Klain, junior Dylan McEniry and senior Colin Raposo.

With their 10 points scored on Friday, Tufts is tied for third place after one day at the meet. Host MIT leads with 37, followed by Middlebury (20). The Jumbos are tied with Bates and Southern Maine.

Jumbo freshman Ben Stein is currently sixth out of 11 competitors through four events of the heptathlon. He compiled 2,417 points in the 60 meters, long jump, shot put and high jump events contested on Friday. The 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters will be held on Saturday to finish the heptathlon.

With a time of 7.6 seconds in the 60, Stein scored 681 points which was his most of the day. He had almost that amount (677) with a 21'0 ½" (6.4m) in the long jump. His long jump effort was third-best among the group.

Along with the continuation of the heptathlon at 10 am Saturday, the rest of the meet schedule for the New England Division III indoor championships starts on Saturday at 10:30 am.