NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team ran well against visiting Tufts University in a dual race between the fifth- and eighth-ranked Division III teams in New England. But the No. 14 nationally ranked Jumbos displayed better depth, resulting in a 100-114 win over the host Bobcats Saturday at Pineland Farms.
The scoring format of the meet went 10 places deep, as opposed to the more conventional five places.
First place among individuals was a battle between first-year runners, with Tufts' Audrey Gould nipping Bates' Hannah Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) by a second, 18:56 to 18:57, over five kilometers.
Junior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) finished second among the Bobcats, fourth overall, in 19:05. Bates' next five scorers were clustered together in places eight through 12, led by senior captain Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) in 19:30, junior captain Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) in 19:31, junior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) in 19:32, senior captain Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) in 19:33 and sophomore Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) in 19:34.
Rounding out Bates' top 10 were sophomore Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.) 15th overall in 19:49, first-year Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) in 26th (20:34) and junior Merrill Brady (Concord, Mass.) 31st in 21:03.
Bates next competes at Gordon College's Pop Crowell Invitational, Sept. 29 at 10:45am in Wenham, Mass.