Men's Cross Country Wins New England Virtual Challenge Over Weekend

(The feature photo for this article is from the 2019 season)

Junior Collin O'Sullivan finished among Tufts' top five.

MEDFORD - The Jumbo men's cross country team competed in a virtual eight-kilometer race against three other teams over the weekend and came out on top.

The New England Division III Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association is facilitating a series of virtual races this fall for any teams that want to participate. This past weekend (Oct. 30 to Nov. 1) was designated as "New England Championship" weekend where teams were scored against opponents after running separately on their own courses. Tufts' Men won over Connecticut College, Williams, and Bates.

The Jumbos raced at a loop around the Mystic Lakes on Saturday morning.

Tufts scored 38 to Connecticut College's 43, Williams' 65, and Bates' 81. The Jumbos' top five scoring times were senior captain Harry Steinberg in 25:37.3, freshman Jackson O'Toole finishing in 26:11.9, junior Sam Gatti with a 26:18.8 mark, freshman Adam Bernstein with a 26:35.2 time and junior  Collin O'Sullivan at 26:40.4. Steinberg was second overall among 72 total competitors. O'Toole ran sixth, Gatti was eighth, Bernstein placed 10th and O'Sullivan was 12th to bring home the team victory.

Other Jumbos competing included freshman Jack Taylor (26:46.8), freshman Nate Oakes (26:50.7), sophomore Evan Ensslin (26:50.7), freshman Ryan Proulx (26:56.7), sophomore Oliver Printy (27:05.6), senior Peter Horvath (27:08.8), freshman David Manning (27:16.5), freshman Walter Wagude (27:22.2), junior Joseph Harmon (27:22.7), senior Michael Kennedy (27:29.8), sophomore Eli Kritzer (29:36.6) and senior Joe Berrafati (29:52.0).

Tufts had eight runners among the top 20 individually with Taylor 14th, Oakes 17th and Ensslin 18th. Steinberg,  Kennedy, and Printy all PRd by over 40 seconds.

"The guys are putting in awesome work and embracing the challenges we face with limited group sizes, wearing masks while training, and continual diligence needed to stay healthy and safe," said Mike Schmidt, Tufts' cross country coach. "We don't have XC nationals to qualify for this fall, but we are not letting that keep us from improving and helping each other get better." 

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