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Men's cross country finishes 5th out of 44 teams at ECACs








BRISTOL, R.I. -- The No. 31 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team made a statement about its depth on Saturday at the ECAC Division III Cross Country Championships, held at Colt State Park. With the Bobcats' top runners held out, Bates finished fifth out of 44 teams overall.

Bates scored 153 points, close behind fourth-place Tufts (149) and ahead of sixth-place Amherst by nine points.

Senior Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) led Bates by finishing the 8-kilometer course in 26:23.87, good for seventh place overall out of 300 competitors. Gurney earned All-ECAC honors for his performance.

Joining Gurney on the All-ECAC team (top 15), in 15th place, was Bates first-year Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.), who finished in 26:42.66. Sophomore Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) finished 22nd in 26:56.78, sophomore Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) was 24th (27:01.35), senior Ben Taska (Lowell, Vt.) finished 87th, sophomore James Epstein (Falmouth, Maine) was 141st and sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) was 177th.

Bates travels to Williams next Saturday, Nov. 13, for the NCAA New England Regional Championships, beginning at 12 p.m. at Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown, Mass.