|Kyle Marks was the top Tufts finisher in 37th place overall
TERRE HAUTE, IN - For the second straight year and for the sixth time in team history, the Tufts men's cross country team earned a top 10 finish at the NCAA Championship meet when they placed seventh today at the 2012 Nationals.
The Jumbos compiled a 265 score and were second among New England squads, finishing behind only sixth-place Bates (259). North Central won the 2012 NCAA championship with a 167 score.
Tufts was led by senior Kyle Marks (Carmel, IN), who placed 37th individually with a time of 25:06.80 over eight kilometers at the LaVern Gibson Course. He narrowly missed earning All-American honors for the first time in his career. The top 35 finishers at the NCAA meet are All-Americans, and Marks was just 1.2 seconds off that mark.
Senior co-captain Matt Rand (Cape Elizabeth, ME) scored second for Tufts and was 48th overall with a 25:17.30 time. Junior Andrew Shapero (Laguna Beach, CA) was the third Jumbo to cross the finish line, doing so in a 25:36.80 time that was 85th overall.
Junior Ben Wallis (Dover, NH) and senior Tyler Andrews (Concord, MA) were less than 10 seconds behind Shapero to finish Tufts' scoring. Wallis was 92nd overall with a 25:38.50 finish, and Andrews came across in 25:44.90 for 104th place.
Juniors Brian McLaughlin (Barrington, RI) and Jake McCauley (Darien, CT) also ran at Nationals for Tufts. McLaughlin's 25:54.80 time was 133rd overall and McCauley was 222nd (26:37.70).
Wisconsin-Stout's Tim Nelson defeated the 280-man field rather handily with a 24:26.80 to win by eight seconds.
The Jumbos improved upon last year's ninth-place effort at Nationals by two spots. This year's finish matched the program's third-best at the NCAA meet. Tufts was fifth in 2005, sixth in 2004, seventh in 1996, and ninth in 1999 and 2011.