BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Tufts men's cross country team finished fifth out of 58 teams at the eight-kilometer NCAA Regional Championship hosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday. This was the Jumbos' best finish at the NCAA Regionals since 2016 when they were also fifth, and it puts Tufts potentially within reach of an at-large NCAA berth.
|Brian Reaney finished 25th on Saturday at the NCAA Regional|
The Jumbos ended the day with a score of 150, 15 points behind fourth-place MIT (135) and one point better than Bates (151) who came in sixth. Amherst won the Regionals posting a 65 score, which gives them an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. Williams placed second which also earns them an automatic bid. Plymouth State's Sam Brunnette had the best individual time clocking in at 24:55.97.
Tufts senior tri-captain Colin Raposo recorded the best Jumbo time with his 25:47.64 mark and a 24th place finish. This was the third consecutive race the second team All-NESCAC performer has had the best team time. Fellow senior Brian Reaney rounded out the top 25 overall coming in 25th and posting a 25:48 flat. Reaney has run well down the stretch placing in the Jumbos' top two runners as well as top 25 finishes in the NESCAC and Regional Championships.
Senior Andrew Doherty Munro clocked the 28th best time with his 25:49.33 mark as he was third on the team to finish. Munro also was the third Jumbo to cross the finish line last year at the NCAA Regional. Rounding out Tufts' top five runners today were seniors Dylan Jones (25:53.56) and Hiroto Watanabe (26:14.57) finishing 30th and 53rd overall, respectively.
Sophomore Peter Horvath in his first career NCAA Regional compiled a 26:38.02 and was 75th overall. Also placing in the top 100 was senior Rory Buckman (26:40.47) with his 77th place mark. Their efforts helped to get the top five runners into the positions they needed to be in. The race included 391 finishers overall.
Tufts did not get an NCAA team berth when they were fifth in the Regional in 2016, but they will hope for better fortune this year. They are looking for their first NCAA team berth since 2015. The top seven runners from teams that don't qualify for the NCAA Championships will earn the opportunity to compete at Nationals, though the Jumbos look to be outside of that possibility. The full NCAA field will be announced tomorrow afternoon.
The NCAA Championships will be held next Saturday in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello