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Bobcats of the week of Sept. 24, 2007

Danilo Acosta '08
There were many standouts among the Bates men's tennis team over the weekend at the Middlebury Invitational. Bates senior Danilo Acosta(Quito, Ecuador) was certainly one: he exhibited the Bobcats' considerable depth with four straight victories for the C Flight Singles crown. Acosta topped Colby's Michael Johnsen (6-4, 6-2), Trinity's Jeff Stempeck (6-3, 3-6, 6-4), Middlebury's Michael Malhame (6-2, 6-0) and, in the finals, Spencer Cheng of Skidmore (6-1, 7-5).Sophomore Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.) and Acosta teamed up in the B Flight Doubles and advanced three times -- a first-round bye, a defeat of Skidmore's Eric McKee and Jack Martin (8-4) and a 9-7 win over Skidmore's Jeremy Hogan and Cam Clark -- to reach the flight finals.

Among other standouts for Bates at the tournament, junior Ben Stein (Pelham, N.Y.) was a finalist in the A Flight Singles.

Jennifer Mitton '11
First-year Jennifer Mitton's(Reisterstown, Md.) third-place finish led the Bates women's cross country team to second place out of four teams Saturday at the Tufts Jumbo Cross Country Invitational.Bates (46 points) placed behind Bowdoin (27) but ahead of Tufts (63) and Wellesley (100), two teams currently ranked among the top 10 in New England. Mitton covered the 6-kilometer course in 23:18.88 for third place overall out of 53 runners.

Senior Aviva Goldstein (Manchester, N.H.) was next for Bates in sixth place (23:30.55), followed by first-year Morgan Maciewicz(Marblehead, Mass.), running in her first cross country race, who was 10th in 24:01.82. Finishing out the top seven for the Bobcats were junior Allie Goldstein (Needham, Mass.), who came in 11th in 24:08.31; sophomoreAbby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine), who was 16th in 24:25.95; first-year Megan McClelland(Keene Valley, N.Y.), who was 17th in 24:27.96; and sophomore Esther Kendall(Ridgeway, Ontario), who was 18th in 24:31.93.