WENHAM, Mass. -- The No. 4 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team showcased its depth on Saturday at the Pop Crowell Invitational at Gordon College. With all of the team's top finishers from past races this season sitting out this race, Bates still placed first among 25 teams. The Bobcats scored 61 points, nine ahead of runner-up Westfield State.
First-year Sam Reilly (Milton, Ga.) crossed the finish line first for Bates, placing sixth among 275 runners overall in a time of 26:34.1.
Two Bates runners from nearby towns came in second and third on the team: first-year Thomas D'Amato (Peabody, Mass.) took seventh place in 26:44.1, and senior captain Eric Kimball (Manchester, Mass.) was eighth in 26:51.8. First-years Stephen Siprelle (Princeton, N.J.) and Bryant Perkins (Sanford, Maine) rounded out Bates' scoring in 12th and 28th, respectively, at 27:00.2 and 27:30.1. Team scoring displacers for Bates were first-year Taylor Saucier (Freeport, Maine) in 34th at 27:42.7 and sophomore Zach Polich (Westborough, Mass.) in 37th at 27:47.1.
A full squad from the Bobcats travels to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., next Saturday, Oct. 6, for the RPI Invitational.