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Cullen 7th for women's cross country at Maine Invitational







BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Lindsay Cullen ran a strong race in the lead role for the Bates women's cross country team, finishing seventh overall out of 131 runners, as the Bobcats finished fifth out of a competitive seven-team field at the Maine Invitational on Saturday.

Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) finished with a time of 22:38.97 over the 6-kilometer course that will also serve as host of the New England Division III Championships later this fall.

Although junior standout Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) was unable to compete, senior captain Jenny Monsulick (Readfield, Maine) was among several more Bobcats who ran impressive races, said head coach Jay Hartshorn, starting conservatively and building momentum as the race went on. Monsulick was 18th at 23:17.78.

She was followed in the scoring by first-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) in 24th (23:30.78), sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) in 31st (23:49.63) and first-year Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) in 39th (24:01.54). Junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) and Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) rounded out Bates' seven displacers in 40th and 47th, respectively.

With 115 points, Bates outran Trinity (184) and Mount Holyoke (195) but was outpaced by Tufts (49), Colby (57), Keene State (60) and Bowdoin (72).

Bates travels to Franklin Park in Boston next Saturday for the large Codfish Bowl meet, starting at 11 a.m.