NCAA Division III All-American Don Letts '08
All-Americans Ramsey-North, Letts Lead Haverford to Highest NCAA Finish
Only the Fords' intercollegiate titles in cricket and men's soccer a century ago, before the advent of NCAA championship play, surpassed Saturday's national finish.
The combined individual place-finish of Ramsey-North (16th, 25:00) and Letts (17th, 25:02) was also the best-ever by Haverford's first two runners at nationals, improving on the respective 14th- and 29th-place efforts of Grant Scott and Ramsey-North in 2005. This was the third consecutive year that the Fords registered a pair of All-America (Top 35) performers, including Letts (18th) and Zach Vaslow (26th) last year.
Sophomore Andrew Lanham (25:28) and senior Jamie Jablin (25:30) and junior Mark Burgmann (25:31) crossed the finish line three seconds apart in places 55-56-59 to complete Haverford's runner-up finish to New York University. The Violets scored five of the first 47 finishers to claim their first NCAA harrier title and secure the first 1-2 finish by a pair of East Coast teams in the Division III championship's 35-year history. The individual winner in Saturday's 8-kilometer race was Tyler Sigl (24:24) of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Fords freshman Anders Hulleberg (25:53) and soph Ben Frisbee (25:56) came home in places 111 and 123, respectively, to finish in the top half of the 280-runner field. Haverford's seven-man score was by far the best of any team in the field. Not a single Ford runner was passed after the mile mark, while they in turn passed 592 competitors. Jablin moved up from 188th to 56th, and Hulleberg improved from 218th to 111th in that span. Ramsey-North, Burgmann and Frisbee each moved up over 90 places over the last four miles.
By improving on its third-place finish in 2005, and that of Glassboro State (now Rowan) in 1982, Haverford surpassed the record for the highest team place by an NCAA Mideast Region team. The Fords' current run of 15 consecutive trips to nationals (1993-2007) and 26 total appearances since 1978 under 33rd-year head coach Tom Donnelly both rank third in NCAA III.