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Kendall, Bash win all-state honors at Maine championships







WATERVILLE, Maine -- Bates College seniors Esther Kendall and Katie Bash both earned All-State honors by finishing among the top seven runners overall as the Bobcats finished third out of eight teams at the State of Maine Cross Country Championships Saturday at Colby.

The Bobcats scored 62 points as a team, behind Colby and Bowdoin and ahead of Southern Maine, UMaine-Farmington, University of new england, Maine Maritime and St. Joseph's.

Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario) finished the 5-kilometer course in 19:36.80, good for sixth place out of 137 runners overall, and a mere 2.3 seconds behind third place. Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) was right behind in seventh at 19:37.80, giving Bates two All-State finishers for the first time since 2003.

Senior Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine) came next for Bates, finishing 11th overall in 19:56.70, followed by junior Jen Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.) in 17th (20:15.00), sophomore Jenny Monsulick (Readfield, Maine) in 21st at 20:27.80. Rounding out Bates' top seven were fisrt-years Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) in 28th (20:47.00) and Liz Schulze (San Diego, Calif.) in 29th (20:49.10).

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the NESCAC Championships, to be held at Wickham Park in Hartford, Conn., at 12 p.m.