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Bobcats of the week of Nov. 21, 2005

Dan Johnson '06
Senior cross country runner Dan Johnson culminated as consistent and determined a season as can be found on Saturday, with a gutty performance at the NCAA Divison III national championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.Johnson finished 13th at the race to become the 12th Bates man to earn All-America status. His finish is a tie for the seventh best in school history, matching Kim Wettlaufer's 1978 performance

Johnson maintained his place among the top 15 after the first mile, eventually finishing a slippery, hilly, 8-kilometer course in 25:54, a half-second behind Wesleyan's Owen Kiely. He showed his continual progress by placing third among New England runners, after finishing fifth at the NESCAC Championships and fourth at the New England Regionals.

"Where Dan has come from in four years is pretty amazing," said Fereshetian. "You never would have seen a 13th-place finish out of him. But he is just a really tough kid. Every time he's been asked to step up in a big race, he's come through."

Sarah Barton '08
Sophomore point guard Sarah Barton showed flashes of the all-around hoop prowess that triple-doubles come from in the early stages of the women's basketball season.Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.), the NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year last season, handed out 10 assists to go with nine points in the Bobcats' season-opening win over Mount Holyoke at the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament. In the tourney's championship game against the No. 8 nationally ranked hosts, Barton registered a 20-point, nine-rebound, eight-assist gem in a 73-62 loss. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Through three games, the 5-9 Barton leads the NESCAC in assists per game, with 6.3, and is 10th in rebounding (6.7), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58), tied for 12th in scoring (12.3), and tied for ninth in steals (2.3).