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Bobcats of the week of Sept. 21, 2009

Doug Brecher '10
The Bates College men's cross country team placed the top two finishers and three of the top four in a dual meet with rival Bowdoin College on Saturday hosted by Bates at Pineland Farms.Bates senior captainDoug Brecher (Waban, Mass.), took first place, finishing the 5-mile course in a time of 26:21, just a second ahead of fellow captain Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.), a junior. Colman Hatton led the Polar Bears, finishing third in 26:37. Bates'Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) and Bowdoin's Stan Berkow rounded out the top five finishers.

It was the second straight race win for Brecher, a former All-New England and All-State selection.

Liz Schulze '13
Led by first-year standoutLiz Schulze(San Diego, Calif.), the Bates College women's cross country team defeated rival Bowdoin 90-127 in a dual meet hosted by Bates Saturday at Pineland Farms.Schulze ran out to the head of the pack and built a healthy lead, ultimately winning the 5-kilometer race in a time of 19:38, 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Lindsay Hodge of Bowdoin.

It was her second win in as many races for Schulze, who also cruised to first place in the women's First-Year/Sophomore race the weekend before at the Colby Class Wave Relays.

Bates, ranked No. 9 in New England, next competes at the Codfish Bowl Saturday at Boston's Franklin Park at 11 a.m.