Tufts finishes fifth at ECAC Championships

Colin McCrory (LA '15) races past a group of runners on Nov. 22, 2014. Courtesy Alyssa Rivas

Tufts continued its successful season, finishing fifth place out of 40 teams at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III Cross Country Championship at Mount Greylock High School on Saturday.

First-year Dylan Jones led the team, finishing in seventh place. He ran the eight-kilometer race in 26:59.94. The second Jumbo to finish in the race was first-year Matthew McDermott, who finished in 14th place with a time of 27:08.29.

“It was nice to end the season with a good race,” Jones said. “It was a rough course, lots of rocks and awkward hills, so it was awesome to still finish high and just have a good race.”

Both Jones and McDermott earned All-ECAC honors due to their top 15 finishes.

“It’s a great honor for them to be rewarded with such a notable accomplishment,” first-year Christian Swenson said. “All-ECAC is an honor that every Div. III runner wants and something I hope I accomplish one day. The whole team is proud of them.”

Sophomore Sam Little came in third place for the Jumbos with a 24th-place finish, completing the course with an impressive 27:23.67 time. The next Jumbo was sophomore John Greenberg, who finished in 27:55.79, good for 46th overall. Rounding out the top five for the Jumbos was first-year James Gregoire, completing the course in 64th place with a time of 28:17.53.

Not everyone on the roster ran in this race, with the team resting some of the runners likely to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships this upcoming weekend.

“It is a long season, and coach [Michael Schmidt] wants to make sure everyone is properly rested for next week,” Swenson said. “[We’ve] got [NCAA] Regional Championships next weekend and we really want to do well in that race.”

The Jumbos next race is Nov. 14, at Connecticut College in the NCAA Regional Championships. Tufts hopes to qualify for a spot in the NCAA Championship with a strong showing in the race.