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Dilts leads men's cross country as Bates hosts NESCACs

Doug Brecher '10 runs down the home stretch to take 30th place overall. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Sophomore Devin Dilts led the way as the Bates College men's cross country team placed 10th out of 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Men's Cross Country Championship, hosted by Bates at Pineland Farms.

Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) finished 23rd overall out of 119 competitors in the men's race, covering the 8-kilometer course in 26:34. Bates junior Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) came next in 30th place at 26:50, followed by first-year Troy Calandra (San Francisco, Calif.) in 45th, first-year Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) in 70th, sophomore Tom Esponette (Auburn, Maine) in 73rd, senior Dillon Tung (South Pasadena, Calif.) in 75th and sophomore Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) in 90th.

Hamilton College's Peter Kosgei (Kapsabet, Kenya) won his second straight men's NESCAC championship, covering the 8-kilometer course at Bates' home course in 25:07, a new course record, 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Edgar Kosgey (Eldoret Rift Valley, Kenya) of Williams. Kosgey, who edged out Tufts' Jesse Faller (Burlington, Mass.) as first runner-up, 25:42 to 25:43, led his Ephs to their third consecutive team title, as Williams placed all of its top five runners among the top 17 in the race, scoring 44 points as a team. Runner-up Trinity scored 85, and Amherst finished third with 93.

Bates travels to Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I., next Saturday for the ECAC Championships.

Complete men's results

Men's Team Scores

1. Williams    44

2. Trinity    85

3. Amherst    93

4. Tufts    129

5. Conn. Coll.    130

6. Middlebury    143

7. Bowdoin    176

8. Hamilton    199

9. Wesleyan    202

10. Bates    216

11. Colby    351