October 10, 2003

Patrick Tarpy Sets School Cross Country Record

Oct. 10, 2003

Boston, MA- Men's Cross Country competed today at the New England Championships where the Brown harriers had a day of stand-out performances.

Leading the team was Junior Patrick Tarpy (Yarmouth, ME) who won the 317 man 8,000 meter race in a time of 23:57. This finish sets a new school record, as he is the first man to break the 24-minute mark, also making him the first American man to win this race since 1989. He settled into the lead from the beginning of the race with two men from Providence College; in the last 800 meters, Tarpy was able to kick strongly and overtake his competitors for the individual title. Junior Jeff Gaudette (Biddeford, ME) debuted for the 2003 cross country season, previously held out for a calf-injury, and placed 6th overall in 24:33. This top finish was despite an error by meet officials near the 3 mile mark that cost Gaudette and Senior Captain Matthew Emond (Green Harbor, MA) both time and position in the race. Senior Michael DeCoste (Duxbury, MA) continued his comeback from a knee injury and scored for the Bears with a 12th place finish in 24:54. Emond followed in 19th with a time of 25:06. Rounding out the top 5 on this day was Senior Erik Churchill (Phoenixville, PA) with a strong race, capturing 23rd place in 25:10. These men led the Brown Varsity squad to a second place finish out of 47 schools with 59 points. They finished only 19 points behind cross town rival Providence College, who are currently ranked 18th in the country.

Adding to the excitement of the Varsity performance was the ensuing Junior Varsity competition. The JV men captured both the team title and individual crown with freshman Eamon Quick (Phoenix, AZ) crossing the line first in 25:27. He ran a "smart and experienced race for a young runner," said Coach John Gregorek. He was not the only frosh to have a strong race, as Pat Clark (Lebanon, PA) and Chris Burke (Dexter, MI) followed to take second and third places in 25:38 and 25:40. Supporting the young cast of harriers was Senior Matt Crimmin (Action, MA), as he took 4th in 25:44. Another freshman, Nick Neely (Portola Valley, CA), captured 7th, and the five men led this frighteningly deep squad to a near perfect score and compete domination of the JV race. The men finished with 17 points, and the next closest was a distant Dartmouth at 45.

The Bears will use this exceptional day as momentum as they compete next in New York City on October 31 for the Heptagonal Championships.

Boston Herald Article featuring Partick Tarpy

Top Ten Varsity Team Scores:
1. Providence College- 40
2. Brown University- 59
3. Boston College- 127
4. Stonehill- 202
5. University of Mass., Lowell- 216
6. Boston University- 221
7. Quinnipiac- 237
8. Dartmouth College- 253
9. Tufts University- 256
10. University of Connecticut- 260

Individual Varsity Top Five:
1. Patrick Tarpy, Brown, 23:57
2. Dylan Wykes, Providence, 24:00
3. Pat Moulton, Providence, 24:03
4. Jochen Dieckfoss, Boston University, 24:26
5. Byron Gartrell, Boston College, 24:31

Brown Varsity Finishers (out of 317):
1. Patrick Tarpy 23:57
6. Jeff Gaudette 24:33
12. Michael DeCoste 24:54
19. Matthew Emond 25:06
23. Erik Churchill 25:10
25. Jordan Kinley 25:12
53. Brendan O'Keefe 25:49
Full Varsity Results

Top Ten Junior Varsity Team Scores:
1. Brown University- 17
2. Dartmouth College- 45
3. Tufts University- 92
4. Quinnipiac- 134
5. University of Maine- 185
6. Harvard- 189
7. Williams- 238
8. Boston College- 309
9. University of Mass., Amherst- 311
10. Wesleyan- 321

Individual Junior Varsity Top Five:
1. Eamon Quick Brown, 25:27
2. Pat Clark Brown, 25:38
3. Chris Burke Brown, 25:40
4. Matt Crimmin Brown, 25:44
5. George McArdle Dartmouth, 25:44

Brown Junior Varsity Finishers (out of 217):
1. Eamon Quick 25:27
2. Pat Clark 25:38
3. Chris Burke 25:40
4. Matt Crimmin 25:44
7. Nick Neely 25:48
11. Michael Piche 26:01
12. Matt Malachowski 26:06
16. Craig Fountain 26:14
33. Tushar Gurjal 26:54
Full Junior Varsity Results