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No. 21 men's cross country places 5th out of 54 teams at NCAA Regionals

Stephen Rowe earned All-New England honors by placing 30th in his first NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship race, Nov. 11, 2017 in Gorham, Maine. (Jay Burns/Bates College) 

GORHAM, Maine -- The No. 21 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country placed fifth out of 54 teams Saturday at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, the Bobcats' best result since 2013.

Bates' effort was potentially good enough to draw an at-large berth in next Saturday's NCAA Championships, as it was for the Bobcats in 2013. The top two teams in the eight NCAA regional championships automatically go on to compete at NCAAs, and there are 16 at-large teams also selected to compete. The championship field will be announced by the NCAA on Sunday.

Bates scored 211 points, trailing only MIT (81), Amherst (91), Middlebury (124) and Williams (137), and four points ahead of sixth-place Brandeis (215).

Seniors Stephen Rowe (Gambier, Ohio) and Zach Magin (West Hartford, Conn.) placed 30th and 32nd, respectively, out of 370 runners overall, earning All-New England honors with their top-35 finishes and leading the Bobcats. Rowe, competing in his first NCAA Regional championship, covered the 8-kilometer course at Gorham Country Club in 26:09.04, followed closely by Magin (26:11.0). Magin repeated as an All-New England selection.

Junior Henry Colt (Whately, Mass.) finished 37th in 26:14.2, missing All-New England honors by two places in his first cross country season with the Bobcats. Senior Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) took 52nd place in 26:23.7, up from 71st place in 2016, and senior Matt Morris (Rockville, Md.) rounded out Bates' scorers in 60th place (26:29.9). Junior Ryan Betz (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) were Bates' displacers in 70th (26:41.4) and 83rd (26:55.0) places, respectively.

The NCAA Championships take place Saturday, Nov. 18 in Elsah, Illinois, hosted by Principia College.