SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The No. 32 nationally ranked Bates women's cross country team took first place among 12 teams on Saturday at the RPI Invitational, placing six runners among the top 20.
The Bobcats scored a match-low 59 points to outpace runner-up Plattsburgh State (80). Division II Saint Rose finished third with 99, followed by Vassar (104), Oneonta (111), RPI (124), New Paltz State (141), Stevens Institute (251), Cobleskill (267), St. John Fisher (278), Mt. St. Mary (330) and Sarah Lawrence (374).
Among 172 runners overall, junior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) paced the Bobcats in third place overall, covering the 3.04-mile course in 17:59.21. First-year Hannah Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) took ninth place in 18:11.03. Sophomore Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) and senior Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) were 14th and 15th, respectively, in 18:17.38 and 18:17.60, and senior Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) capped Bates' scoring in 18th place at 18:24.70. Junior Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished 19th (18:25.71) and junior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) was the Bobcats' other displacer, finishing 23rd overall in 18:36.37.
Bates competes next Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Maine State Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at the Narragansett School in Gorham. The race starts at 12pm.