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Dilts paces men's XC to third place at state championships







WATERVILLE, Maine -- Bates College junior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) earned All-State honors by finishing third for the second straight year, leading the Bobcats to third place out of 10 teams at the State of Maine Cross Country Championships Saturday at Colby.

The Bobcats scored 75 points as a team, behind Bowdoin and Southern Maine and ahead of Colby, University of New England, Maine Maritime, UMaine-Farmington, St. Joseph's, Thomas and UMaine-Presque Isle.

Dilts finished the 5-mile course in 26:39.20 for third place out of 122 runners overall. Following Dilts for Bates was a pack of four Bobcats between 16th and 21st places: junior Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) in 16th (27:39.20), senior Conor Welch (Newburyport, Mass.) in 17th (27:39.30), first-year Ryan Rice (Franklin, Mass.) in 20th (27:53.00) and first-year Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) in 21st (27:57.40). Rounding out the Bobcats' top seven runners were first-year Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) in 24th (28:14.90) and junior Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) in 29th (28:36.70).

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the NESCAC Championships, to be held at Wickham Park in Hartford, Conn., at 1 p.m.