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Men's cross country dominates Atlantic field at St. Lawrence

Bates' top seven finishers at the race, from left to right: James LePage, Devin Dilts, Andrew Wortham, Tully Hannan, Noah Graboys, Ken Whitney and Mike Martin. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)
Devin Dilts and Tully Hannan finished fourth and sixth, respectively, among 265 runners. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)

CANTON, N.Y. -- The Bates men's cross country team traveled outside its region this weekend in part to prove its worthiness at the national level. On Saturay at the Hoffman Invitational/Pre-Regional meet, the Bobcats did just that. The No. 22 nationally ranked Bobcats defeated two teams who are currently ranked well ahead of them en route to a first-place finish among 16 other college teams (17 overall).

Bates scored 53 points, followed by the host and No. 11 nationally ranked Saints (75) in second, with  No. 5 SUNY Geneseo a close third at 76. SUNY Cortland (133) and RPI (168) rounded out the top five.

Bates senior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) covered St. Lawrence's home 8-kilometer course, which will be the site of the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships, in 25:52.2, good for fourth place among 265 runners in the race. Sophomores Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) and Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) were top-10 finishers for the second straight time along with Dilts -- Hannan came in sixt at 25:53.5 and Martin was ninth at 26:02.7.

Junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) had his best race of the season, taking 12th place in 26:14.3, and junior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) rounded out Bates' scoring in 22nd place at 26:31.6. Junior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) was right behind in 23rd at 26:32.1, and sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) was also a displacer, taking 31st place overall in 26:43.3.

Bates will host the Maine State Championships next Saturday at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The women's championship race begins at 11 a.m., followed by the men's race at 12 p.m.