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Bobcats of the week of Nov. 17, 2008

Devin Dilts '11
In his first semester at Bates after transferring from Vanderbilt University, sophomore Devin Dilts capped an impressive debut season with the Bobcat men's cross country team on Saturday at the New England Division III Cross Country Championships, hosted by Williams College.Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) covered the 8-kilometer course at Mt. Greylock High School in 26:57.1, good for 25th place overall out of 331 runners. Dilts' time was the third-fastest ever run at the Williams course by a Bates man. Dilts was also the second sophomore in the entire field to cross the finish line. For his top-35 performance, Dilts captured All-Region honors, while junior teammate Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) missed repeating as All-New England by finishing in 36th place, just one-tenth of a second out of 35th.

Bates scored 330 points, topping such competition as 14th-place Springfield (370) and 15th-place Wesleyan (380), finishing 13th out of 49 teams at the meet.

Esther Kendall '10
Something about the New England Division III Regional Cross Country Championships seems to bring out the best in Bates junior Esther Kendall. For the second straight year, Kendall picked New Englands to lead the Bates women's cross country team for the first time all season.Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario) led a team performance that showcased impressive depth and balance, as the Bobcats, who entered the race ranked No. 10 in New England, placed eighth out of 49 teams. Kendall finished 43rd out of 330 runners in the race at Williams College's home course, covering the 6 kilometers in a time of 24:16.8, meanwhile edging out a pack of teammates who were close behind, including sophomoreLiz Rowley (Evanston, Ill.) in 47th at 24:25.3, sophomore Alex Alberto (Concord, Mass.) in 50th at 24:27.3, sophomore Chloe Bourne(Litchfield, Conn.) in 54th at 24:34.4, juniorAbby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine) in 74th at 24:55.3 and senior Allie Goldstein (Needham, Mass.) in 76th at 24:56.4.

At last year's New Englands, Kendall was placed 47th out of 344 runners, again leading a tight pack of Bobcats, as Bates finished in ninth place.