HADLEY, Mass. -- Head coach Al Fereshetian won Coach of the Year honors, about five months after winning the same award in Men's Track & Field, while the Bates men's cross country team placed two members on the NESCAC All-Conference Team, announced on Tuesday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The awards come after the Bobcats' second-place team showing at the conference championship meet.
For the first time in his career, Fereshetian was chosen by his counterparts as the Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Fereshetian, now in his 17th season as the head of the Bobcats’ cross country program, helped his team achieve a tie for second at this past weekend’s championship, the best showing for the Bobcats since 1994. He was named NESCAC Coach of the Year in Men’s Track & Field this past spring for the first time as well.
Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.), who earned Second Team honors a year ago, was named to the All-NESCAC First Team as one of the top seven runners overall, while junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) copped his first all-conference honor in cross country with All-NESCAC Second Team laurels for his 13th-place finish.
The No. 9 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team tied with Bowdoin for second place out of 11 teams on Saturday at the NESCAC Cross Country Championships, toughing out terrible course conditions to record the team's best conference finish since also placing second in 1994.
Hannan finished fifth overall to lead the Bobcats in an impressive time of 26:20, the best time by a Bates runner ever on Amherst's 5-mile course, 12 seconds faster than Dan Johnson's '05 former team mark. Wortham covered the course in 26:32.
Williams won the team championship with 49 points, followed by Bates and Bowdoin with 79 apiece. Seventh-ranked Middlebury, the pre-race favorite, finished fourth with 94 points, and Tufts rounded out the top five with 109.