Men's Track & Field Finishes as Runner-Up at New England DIII Indoor Championships

Tom Doyle won the 600 today as Tufts took the event at New England's for the sixth straight time

CAMBRIDGE – Senior Tom Doyle won the 600 meters title as the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team placed second at the 2019 New England Division III Championships hosted by MIT Saturday.

Tufts won the New England D3 indoor 600 race for the sixth straight year as Doyle posted a 1:21.21 time that was his personal best.

The Jumbos totaled 78 points to finish as the runner-up behind host MIT, who ran away with the meet scoring 164 points. WPI (67), Southern Maine (65.5) and Middlebury (64) rounded out the top five.

Jumbo senior Josh Etkind nearly hit his school-record career-best (8.16) in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.18 finish today for third place. The mark improved his national ranking to 13th in the event as of 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Senior Anthony Kardonsky scored 11 points in the sprints for the Jumbos. He was third in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 6.98 seconds. He added a fourth in the 200 with a 22.48 time. The 60 time is a national top 40 finish.

The Jumbos had entered Saturday with 10 points after senior Dylan Jones in the 5K, senior Benji Wallace in the pole vault and the distance medley relay scored at the meet on Friday.

Senior Charles Pennington in the high jump and sophomore Matthew Manteiga in the long jump both had outstanding efforts for Tufts. Pennington cleared a PR of 6'6 ¾" (2.00m) to finish third at the meet. The effort is a top 30 mark nationally in Division III. Manteiga was also third with Tufts season-best 22'0 ¾" (6.72m).

Tufts also scored third-place points in the 4x800-meter relay as junior Roman Lovell, junior Dylan McEniry, freshman Nicholas Delaney and junior Matt D'Anieri recorded a 7:56.99 for a Jumbo season-best.

Fourth-place scoring came from junior Kevin Quisumbing in the shot put, where he had 48'8" (14.83m) distance. Senior Colin Raposo in the mile (4:18.42) and the 4x4 of freshman Sam Oomen-Lochtefeld, junior Billy Witrock, senior Hiroto Watanabe and Doyle (3:27.18) earned fifth-place finishes.

Watanabe in the 800 (1:55.94), D'Anieri in the 1,000 (2:31.59) and freshman Ben Stein in the pentathlon (4,473 points) all finished sixth. Stein's total in the multi is #21 on the D3 national list. Witrock's 1:24.41 in the 600 was eighth.

Some Jumbos will return to action next Saturday when the team hosts the Last Chance Qualifier at the Gantcher Cener where they will look to record NCAA-qualifying marks.