NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Juniors Tully Hannan and Mike Martin tied for the best time of the day, leading the No. 5 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team to an 85-126 head-to-head victory over No. 7 Tufts in the Bates Invitational on Saturday at Pineland Farms.
The race pitted the top two ranked teams in the New England region. The scoring format of the meet went 10 places deep, as opposed to the more conventional five places.
Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) and Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) placed first and second, respectively, covering the 5-mile course in 25:53 each, two seconds ahead of Tufts senior Matthew Rand. Bates seniors Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) and James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) snagged fourth and fifth places, respectively, in 25:59 and 26:02.
Bates sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) finished eighth overall for the Bobcats in 26:26, and senior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) placed 10th overall in 26:35. Rounding out Bates' top 10 runners were senior Graham Pearsall (Guilford, Maine) in 11th (26:38), junior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) in 12th (26:45), sophomore Christian Sampson (Brookline, Mass.) in 13th (26:45) and sophomore Camden Black-Ingersoll (Concord, N.H.) in 19th (27:13).
Bates next competes at Gordon College's Pop Crowell Invitational, Sept. 29 at 10:45am in Wenham, Mass.