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No. 26 men's cross country opens by sweeping Bates/Colby Class Races

Senior captains Ben Tonelli (left) and Zach Magin (right) took second and first place, respectively, in the senior/junior portion of the Bates/Colby Class Races at Pineland Farms Sept. 9 in New Gloucester, Maine. (File photo by Russ Dillingham for Bates College)

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- In its first official meet of the 2017 season, the Bates-Colby Class Races, the No. 26 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team outscored Colby convincingly on the Bobcats' home course at Pineland Farms.

Under the annual meet's modified scoring system, both teams' seniors and sophomores combined to race against one another, and first-years and juniors in the other, with the top five finishers scoring points and the higher score winning. The Bobcats won in commanding fashion in both races, 40-15 in the first-year/sophomore race and 37-18 in the junior/senior race.

Bates senior captains Zach Magin (West Hartford, Conn.) and Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) ran the fastest times of the day on the 6-kilometer course, with Magin winning the junior/senior race in 19:41 followed by Tonelli in 19:50.

Colby senior Bernard Kibet placed third, one second behind Tonelli, but Bates swept the next three spots. Senior Matt Morris (Rockville, Md.) took fourth overall in 20:02, followed by junior Henry Colt (Whatley, Mass.) in and senior Stephen Rowe (Gambier, Ohio) fifth and sixth in identical times of 20:12.

Bates swept the top five places in the first-year/sophomore race, led by sophomore Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) and first-year Eliot Chalfin-Smith (Gainesville, Fla.) going 1-2 in 20:07 apiece. Sophomore Bryce O'Brien (Bristol, R.I.) finished third (20:25), followed closely by first-years Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) and Tucker Pierce (Gray, Maine), both in 20:26.

Bates hosts Southern Maine, Tufts and WPI in the Bates Invitational next Saturday at Pineland Farms, with the men's race at 11am followed by the women's race at 11:45am.