November 15, 2003

Gaudette Advances to Nationals as Brown Men Place Third at NCAA Regionals

Nov. 15, 2003

Boston, MA - The men's cross country team competed today at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet in Boston. The Brown harriers competed on a 10,000 meter course at Franklin Park against 32 other teams, including tough competition from national powerhouses Iona College and Providence College. The Bears finished third as a team with 94 points, behind Iona (58 points) and Providence (73 points), one spot away from advancing to the NCAA National meet; however, Junior Jeff Gaudette (Biddeford, ME) will represent Brown, as his fourth place effort grants him an automatic bid to compete at Nationals.

Gaudette raced at the front from the beginning, staying in a tight pack with eventual champion and three-time All-American Richard Kiplagat from Iona, second place finisher and Heptagonal champion Steve Sundell, and third place finisher ECAC athlete of the week Dylan Wykes of Providence. Gaudette himself is a Heptagonal champion in the 10,000 meters in track, and was given cross country All-Ivy distinction this year. This extremely talented pack soon opened a large gap on the rest of the field, surging and testing each other throughout the long race. Gaudette crossed the line in 30:10, fourth of 233, securing his place in the national race next week.

The next Bear finisher was Junior Patrick Tarpy (Yarmouth, ME), in 16th with a time of 30:52. The Senior duo of Brendan O'Keefe (Prospect Harbor, ME) and Michael DeCoste (Duxbury, MA) continued their success and finished out their cross country careers with strong performances. Using impressive finishing kicks, they were able to hold off two Providence College runners in the final stretch, O'Keefe placing 23rd (31:00) and DeCoste placing 24th (31:01). Senior Captain Matthew Emond (Green Harbor, MA) also scored for Brown, as he has done all season, and with his last race with his team finished in 31:14, good for 29th overall. Senior Erik Churchill finished out his cross country campaign, fighting through an injury, to place 72nd in 32:09.

The Brown men's renowned depth led to stand-out performances in the JV race as well. Junior Michael Piche (Pembroke, MA) led the squad to a second place finish, placing an impressive third overall with a time of 31:55. Also placing in the top ten were Freshman Chris Burke (Dexter, MI) in sixth (32:08) and Senior Matt Crimmin (Action, MA) in ninth (32:18).

Gaudette will race on Monday, November 24, in Cedar Falls, Iowa at NCAA Nationals.


Team Scores:
1. Iona College - 58
2. Providence College - 73
3. Brown University - 94
4. Yale University - 111
5. Columbia University - 173

Individual Finishers:
1. Richard Kiplagat, Iona - 29:50
2. Steve Sundell, Columbia - 29:56
3. Dylan Wykes, Providence - 30:00
4. Jeff Gaudette, Brown - 30:10
5. Mark Smyth, Iona - 30:19

Brown Finishers:
4. Jeff Gaudette - 30:10
16. Patrick Tarpy - 30:52
23. Brendan O'Keefe - 31:00
24. Michael DeCoste - 31:01
29. Matthew Emond - 31:14
45. Jordan Kinley - 31:41
72. Erik Churchill - 32:09