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No. 4 men's XC nips No. 11 Bowdoin for state title

GORHAM, Maine -- Another chapter in the rich rivalry between Bates' and Bowdoin's men's distance runners unfolded Saturday in the State of Maine Cross Country Championships, with No. 4 nationally ranked Bates edging No. 11 Bowdoin by a single point, 29-30, for its second state title in a row.

Bates junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) led the Bobcats by taking third place overall, covering the 5-mile course at Narragansett School in 25:11, trailing overall leader, Bowdoin's Samuel Seekins, by six seconds. Bowdoin's Coby Horowitz finished second in 25:08.

Bowdoin's Nicholas Saba finished fourth overall, but Bates claimed the next four spots. Junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finished fifth in 25:16, senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) took sixth in 25:20, junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) came in seventh in 25:32 and senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished eighth overall in 25:44.

Southern Maine's Julian Gazzeloni finished ninth and Bates senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) demonstrated just how crucial scoring displacers can be, beating out Bowdoin's fourth and fifth (point-scoring) finishers, Gregory Talpey and James Boeding, who came in 11th and 12th, respectively. Bates sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) placed 13th in 26:06.

The top seven individual finishers comprise the All-State team, making Martin, Hannan, Wortham and Graboys four-sevenths of the squad. It is the third straight all-state performance for Hannan, Wortham and Graboys.

After Bates (29) and Bowdoin (30), Colby finished third among the 11 competing teams with 88 points. Host Southern Maine finished fourth at 109.

The Bates women's team also outran Bowdoin, as Bates swept the men's and women's state meet for the first time since 1990.

Bates' next meet is the NESCAC Championship, taking place Oct. 27 at Bowdoin.