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Kendall leads women's cross country to 11th at New Englands







CUMBERLAND, Maine -- Led by senior Esther Kendall's All-New England performance, the Bates College women's cross country team took 11th place out of 47 teams Saturday at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at Twinbrook Recreation Area.

The Bobcats scored 317 points to edge Tufts (327) for 11th place.

Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario) placed 34th out of 315 competitors overall with a time of 22:53.7 over 6 kilometers, earning her first All-New England honors, which go to the top 35 finishers at the meet. Kendall is Bates' first All-Region women's cross country runner since former All-American Kathryn Moore '07 in 2006.

Junior Jennifer Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.) suffered an ankle injury while running a strong race, but the rest of the team ran tremendous races, said head coach Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn.

Senior Abby Samuelson (Freeport, Maine) finished 49th overall with a time of 23:12.8, followed by fellow senior captain Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) in 52nd at 23:16.3, ahead of all but the top six other teams' third-best runners. Sophomore Jenny Monsulick (Readfield, Maine) stepped up to place 77th in 24:00.6, while first-year Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) and senior Ngoc Pham (Sharon, Mass.) also ran excellent races, finishing 105th (24:33.5) and 113th (24:43.4), respectively.