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Men's cross country enters national rankings at No. 32









The Bates College men's cross country team appeared in the national rankings for the first time since 2005 in this week's Division III poll, released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

After finishing a close second to Bowdoin, now ranked No. 15 nationally in Saturday's State of Maine Championships, the Bobcats are now ranked No. 32 in all of Division III. Bates stayed at No. 6 in the New England Regional Division III rankings.

A mix of new and returning talent has led to Bates' strongest team in five years. At the state meet, first-year Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) finished the 5-mile course in 25:43.74, less than a second behind Bowdoin rookie Coby Horowitz for the individual title. Three of Graboys' teammates also earned All-State honors for finishing among the top 10 out of 140 runners. Senior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) placed fourth in 25:57.31, after coming in third for two straight years at the same meet. First-year Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) was seventh in 26:16.40, and junior Sean Colligan (Goffstown, N.H.) placed ninth in 26:25.80.

Four more Bobcats also placed among the top 20 in the race. Seniors Tom Esponnette (Auburn, Maine) and Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) were 14th and 15th, respectively, while sophomores Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) and Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) were 19th and 20th.

Bates has next weekend off of competition, then heads to Hamilton College for the NESCAC Championship on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country Rankings