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Women's cross country 11th at NCAA New England Regionals








WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Senior Kerri Leonhardt led the way for the Bates women's cross country team Saturday at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship, winning all-region honors as the Bobcats took 11th place out of 51 teams.

Bates scored 330 points to edge Wesleyan (334) for 11th place, and 51 points behind 10th-place Brandeis. The Bobcats also placed 11th at New Englands last year.

In what was, remarkably, her first time competing at the New England Regionals, Leonhardt (Milford, N.J.) earned All-New England honors (top 35) by finishing 33rd among 336 competitors, covering the 6-kilometer course at Mt. Greylock High School in a personal record time of 23:25.1. The senior captain was at about 55th place after the first mile, but she steadily passed competitor after competitor, eventually moving up to 33rd place in the best race of her career.

Sophomore Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) finished 61st in 24:08.0, followed by senior Jen Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.), who came in 68th in 24:20.8. First-year Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) came in 82nd at 24:41.7, and junior Jenny Monsulick (Readfield, Maine) finished off Bates' scoring in 86th, at 24:48.2. Bates' displacers were sophomore Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) in 89th and first-year Meg Ogilvie (Hopedale, Mass.) in 95th (24:57.2).

Leonhardt is only Bates' second All-New England performer in cross country since 2006 (following Esther Kendall '10 last year).