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No. 8 men's cross country opens impressively at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The No. 8 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team officially started off the 2012 campaign with a sweep of a high-quality opponent in Colby at the Bates-Colby Class Wave Races on Saturday.

With the higher score winning (in contrast to typical cross-country team scoring), Bates won the Juniors/Seniors race by a convincing 39-16 score, and edged the Mules 28-27 in the First-Years/Sophomores battle, for a 67-43 combined win.

Sophomore John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) had the fastest time of the day, covering Colby's 3-mile home course in 15:37.54, 11 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Colby. Sophomore Camden Black-Ingersoll (Concord, N.H.) finished third in 15:58.05, followed by sophomore Christian Sampson (Brookline, Mass.) in sixth (16:08.84), first-year Thomas D'Amato (Peabody, Mass.) in eighth at 16:20.16, and first-year Stephen Sipprelle (Princeton, N.J.) completing Bates' scoring in ninth place overall (16:23.30).

Bates senior James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) blazed to the individual victory in the Junior/Senior race, edging junior teammate Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) by a 15:46.97 to 15:50.1 margin for top honors. Senior captain Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) and junior Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) earned Bates a sweep of the top four spots, at 15:50.41 and 15:50.81, respectively. Rounding out Bates' scoring (top five) was junior Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) in sixth (15:58.67).

Bates returns nearly all of its top runners from the 2011 squad that placed seventh at the Division III championships. The Bobcats next host Tufts in the Bates Invitational next Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11am at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.