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Dilts leads men's cross country at Codfish Bowl

BOSTON -- The Bates College men's cross country team finished fifth overall and third among college teams Saturday in the 18-team Codfish Bowl, run over the 8K men's course at Franklin Park.

Bates junior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) led Bates by finishing seventh out of 202 runners overall and third among collegiate runners in a lifetime best time of 25:40. Dilts was one of many Bobcats who ran lifetime best times, including junior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine), who was 31st overall in 26:43, first-year Ryan Rice (Franklin, Mass.), who was 34th in 26:48, first-year Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.), who was 41st in 26:58, first-year Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine), who was 53rd in 27:11, sophomore Sam Wood (Waterville, Maine), who was 85th in 27:58, and sophomore Luke Harmeling (North Reading, Mass.), who was 128th in 29:39.

"We were missing a lot of people, so I'm pretty pleased with how the guys performed today," said head coach Al Fereshetian. "Devin Dilts ran an outstanding race, and Ryan Rice has been very consistent and very good."

Bates senior Doug Brecher was second for Bates, 16th overall in 26:06, and sophomore Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) "ran a very good race but had problems in the last mile," said Fereshetian, finishing fifth for Bates, 38th overall in 26:53.

Bates takes a week off of competition before going to the Open New England Championships Oct. 10, also at Franklin Park.