Bobcats of the week of Oct 8, 2007

Brandon Colon '08
Brandon Colon(Manchester, N.H.) is already the owner of Bates records for career completions as of a week ago -- he's now at 376, eclipsing Dan Hooley '97'sprevious mark of 349. Yet it wasn't until Saturday's thriller at Williams, a 31-26 heartbreaker of a loss, that Colon had ever thrown for three touchdown passes.Colon hit sophomore tight end Sean Wirth(Barrington, R.I.) for a four-yard score and sophomore Matt Gregg (Milton, Mass.) on a 30-yard touchdown in the first half, as the Bobcats built a 20-0 lead over the Ephs. Williams came all the way back to take a 25-20 lead in the fourth quarter, but Colon's 27-yard strike to sophomore Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) put Bates back in the lead at 26-25 with 7:51 left to play.

Colon completed 14 of 29 passes on the day for 172 yards and a nifty passer rating of 132.23.

The senior signal-caller and the Bobcats take on Wesleyan University Saturday in Middletown, Conn. at 1 p.m.

Abby Samuelson '10
Put in the sub-varsity race as a way of refining her pacing, Bates sophomore Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine) finished 10th out of 263 runners at the all-division Open New England Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday in Boston. In sweltering conditions, Samuelson covered the 5-kilometer women's course at Franklin Park in 19:51, which turned out to be the best time of the day for the Bobcats, as varsity race Bates leader Aviva Goldstein(Manchester. N.H.) finished in 19:52.Competing against 44 other teams from all divisions, Bates placed 23rd out of 44 teams in the varsity race and also showed impressive depth by placing in fourth in the sub-varsity race.

Bates will host the State of Maine Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 13 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The men's race will start at 11 a.m., with the women following at noon.