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Dunlap leads Bates men to third place at states

Matt Dunlap '08

Doug Brecher '10

Harrison Little '08

CJ Murray '09

Griff Stabler '10

Dillon Tung '09

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The Bates College men's cross country team finished third out of nine teams Saturday as they hosted the 2007 Maine Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships at Pineland Farms. The Bobcats have finished third or higher in all 40 years of the meet's existence.

Bowdoin took first place for the third straight year, scoring 30 points, followed by the University of Southern Maine (43), Bates (71), Colby (98), UMaine-Farmington (170), the University of New England (179), St. Joseph's (189), Maine Maritime (231) and UMaine-Presque Isle (252).

The University of Southern Maine's Curtis Wheeler was the individual champion in the men's race, covering the 5-mile course in 25:54.9.

Bates senior Matt Dunlap (Farmington, Maine) finished fifth overall out of 124 runners (26:15.4) to lead the Bobcats, earning all-state honors for placing among the top 10 for the second straight year.

Sophomore Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) placed 11th overall in 26:42.8. Rounding out Bates' top seven runners were senior Harrison Little (Hanover, N.H.) in 14th (26:47.2), junior CJ Murray (North Andover, Mass.) in 21st (27:34.8), sophomore Griffin Stabler (Keene, N.H.) in 22nd (27:35.8), junior Dillon Tung (Pasadena, Calif.) in 25th (27:43.7) and senior Andrew Percy (Woodbridge, Conn.) in 29th (27:52.3).

"I'm very pleased with Matt Dunlap's All-State performance," said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian. " Harrison Little ran one of his best collegiate races, as did Griffin Stabler. And CJ Murray had an excellent performance returning from an injury that has really limited his preparation."

Bates will next compete at the NESCAC Championships on Oct. 27 at Williams College.

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