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Hannan, Dilts pace No. 19 men's cross country at Maine Invitational







BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Sophomore Tully Hannan and senior Devin Dilts both finished in the top three among 144 competitors, leading the No. 19 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team to a solid second-place showing out of seven teams at the Maine Invitational on Saturday.

The Bobcats scored 56 points, trailing only Tufts (35), and outpacing Bowdoin (60), Keene State (109), Southern Maine (121), Trinity (173) and Colby (190).

"It was a great early-season test with three very strong and equally balanced teams," said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian. For our first-years, it was their first time running an 8K and they handled it very well. For the veterans, 11 out of 12 of them ran lifetime bests."

Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) had Bates' best time for the second straight week, finishing the 8-kilometer course in 25:11.45, behind only Tufts' Matt Rand (25:05.99). Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) took third place in 25:20.52.

Three more Bobcats rounded out the scoring within the top 20 individuals: sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) in 15th (25:55.13), junior Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) in 17th (25:58.66) and junior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) in 19th (26:03.71). Bates' final two displacers also ran well: junior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) was 22nd in 26:13.16 and first-year Christian Sampson (Brookline, Mass.) was 26th.

Sophomore Noah Graboys (Wilmette, Ill.), who had an outstanding freshman season, returned to run in his first race of the season, "but he looked good and should rebound to form nicely over the next few weeks," said Fereshetian. Graboys finished 45th in 26:57.55.

Bates travels to Franklin Park in Boston next Saturday for the large Codfish Bowl meet, starting at 11:30 a.m.