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Women's cross country cruises to win at UNE Invite

Megan McClelland '11

Izzy Alexander '09

Esther Kendall '10

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The Bates College women's cross country team its 2007 season by taking seven of the top 12 positions and cruising to first place in the University of New England Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday at Rotary Park.

Bates scored 29 points, well ahead of runner-up Endicott (85), which was followed by Salve Regina (106), St. Joseph's (111), UNE (117), UMaine-Farmington (128), UMaine-Presque Isle (176), New England College (211) and Unity College (253).

Bates first-year Megan McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with a second-place time of 21:10 over the 5-kilometer course, trailing only Endicott's Kelsey Conn. Following her were junior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), who was third in 21:26; sophomore Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario), who was sixth overall in 21:50; junior Krista Stafstrom (Dekalb, Ill.), who was eighth in 21:59; first-year Alexandria Alberto (Concord, Mass.), who was 10th in 22:05; first-year Elizabeth Rowley (Evanston, Ill.), who was 11th in 22:22; and first-year Chloe Borne (Litchfield, Conn.), who was 12th overall in 22:24.

Also competing for Bates were senior Kaitlyn McElroy (Bethel, Maine; 16th), first-year Rachel Vaivoda (Skaneateles, N.Y.; 18th), sophomore Alison Leonard (North Granby, Conn.; 20th), first-year Alexandra Steverson (New London, N.H.; 21st), first-year Kerri Leonhardt (Milford, N.J.; 23rd), sophomore Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine; 24th), senior Madeline Weber (North Reading, Mass.; 26th), senior Meaghan Creedon (Holden, Mass.; 34th) and sophomore Elise Lang (Chevy Chase, Md.; 40th).

Bates next competes Sept. 22 at the Tufts Invitational in Grafton, Mass.

Team Results

Individual Results