WINNECONNE, Wis. -- The Bates College men's cross country team capped one of its best seasons ever by taking seventh place among 32 teams on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, the Bobcats' top national finish since taking sixth place in 1977.
Sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finished 27th overall among 279 runners to earn All-America status, Bates' first cross country All-American since Dan Johnson '06 in 2005. Hannan finished the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's 8-kilometer course at Lake Breeze Golf Club in 24:39.12, only a fraction of a second behind 26th place Michael Schmidt of Middlebury, the NESCAC and New England Regional champion. Hannan's performance was a brilliant response to the tough go he had at NCAA Regionals a week ago at Bowdoin, when he was an uncharacteristic seventh on the team.
Bates junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) came in 49th in 24:57.16. Sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) and senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) both had likely the best races of their careers, placing 67th and 81st, respectively, in 25:12.32 and 25:20.64. Senior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.), the only team member with NCAA Championship experience, was fifth for the Bobcast, 87th overall in 25:24.64. Junior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) was 94th in 25:27.84 and sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) was Bates' seventh displacer in 157th (25:59.89).
Bates scored 294 points, 16 points behind NESCAC rival Williams for fifth place. All five NESCAC teams competing at the meet finished among the top 15 teams overall -- Tufts finished ninth (329), Middlebury 13th (372) and Bowdoin came in 15th (401).
North Central (Ill.) won the national championship with 110 points, followed by Haverford (172), Washington-St. Louis (206), SUNY Geneseo (235), and fifth-place Wisconsin-Oshkosh (277). Williams was just a point behind the hosts at 278, followed by Bates with 294.