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Bobcats of the week of Sept. 15, 2008

Devin Dilts '11
Devin Dilts'11 made a splash in his first collegiate 8-kilometer race on Saturday, running the fourth-fastest time for a Bates male at Tufts University's home course in Grafton, Mass., at the annual Jumbo Invitational.Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.), who transferred to Bates from Vanderbilt University this fall, crossed the finish line in 27:20.22 and placed fourth overall out of 84 competitors in the 8K, which was run on an adjusted course that likely measures a bit more than 8,000 meters. The Bobcats finished third out of 10 teams in the race, and Dilts earned NESCAC Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week honors.

Bates next competes at the Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 27.

Brittney French '11
Brittney French assumed the starting goalie position on the Bates women's soccer team this year after the graduation of Nini Spalding '08. She was put right to work in the Bobcats' season opener on Saturday, a 2-1 loss in which the visiting Ephs launched 40 shots toward French's goal.French (Auburn, Maine) stopped 16 shots, the most saves by a Bates goalie in over five years, helping to keep the game close against the No. 1 ranked team in New England and the defending NESCAC champions. In addition to leading the NESCAC in saves per game after one game, French is sixth in save percentage (.889).

French and the Bobcats host Wellesley College Thursday in a non-conference matchup.