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Men's cross country outkicks Bowdoin, Tufts, Colby

From left to right, Tully Hannan, Andrew Wortham, Devin Dilts and Noah Graboys were Bates' first four finishers in the Bobcats' big win on Saturday. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The Bates College men's cross country team edged Bowdoin College for a satisfying first place in a four-team super cross country meet hosted by Bates Saturday at Pineland Farms. With each team's top 10 runners counting toward the team scores, Bates scored a meet-low 164, followed by Bowdoin with 170, Tufts with 192 and Colby with 326.

Although Bowdoin and Tufts currently stand higher in the New England Division III rankings -- Tufts is currently sixth and Bowdoin is seventh, while Bates is ranked ninth -- the host Bobcats pulled off a surprise victory.

"That was a great win for us today," said head coach Al Fereshetian.

Bates swept the top three spots among 78 competitors overall, led by first-year Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.), who covered the 5-mile course in 26:09, and followed by senior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) in second at 26:20 and sophomore Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) in third at 26:21. Graboys' time was the fastest ever run by a Bates runner on the Pineland course, while Dilts' was a personal best on the Bobcats' home course and the third fastest time ever for Bates. Wortham's time tied for fourth fastest.

Bowdoin freshman Coby Horowitz (26:34) and Colby senior Ben Cunkelman (26:38) rounded out the top five finishers.

First-year Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) took 15th place in his first race returning from injury. He was followed by senior Peter Gurney (Arlington, Va.) in 16th, a 19-second PR at 27:11. Sophomores Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) and Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) also posted big personal course records, at 27:25 and Mike Martin 27:28, respectively.

Bates tied with Bowdoin through eight runners, but gained a six-point advantage with the depth of its ninth and 10th runners, first-year (Slatersville, R.I.) and sophomore James LePage (Cumberland, Maine).

Bates runs at the Codfish Bowl next Saturday at Franklin Park, starting at 11:30 a.m.

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