Women's cross country sweeps class wave races at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team started the 2012 season by turning the tables on rival Colby in the annual Bates-Colby Class Wave Races, sweeping both the First-Year/Sophomore and Junior/Senior races from the Mules on their 3-mile home course.

With the higher score winning (in contrast to typical cross-country team scoring), Bates won the Juniors/Seniors race by a convincing 33-24 score, and also defeated the Mules 30-25 in the First-Years/Sophomores battle, for a 63-49 combined win.

Colby, rated ninth in New England in the USTFCCCA preseason rankings, edged Bates in both races a year ago at Pineland Farms.

"We ran really smart races," said head coach Jay Hartshorn. "Everybody got off to good paces and were able to maintain them.

First-year Hannah Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) won the First-Year/Sophomore race with Bates' fastest time of the day, 18:39.18, over 21 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Colby. Sophomore Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) finished third overall in 19:18.79, and Bates' scoring (top five) wrapped up with sophomore Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.) fourth in 19:35.00, first-year Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) seventh in 20:29.08 and first-year Isabel Ferguson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) 10th in 20:42.03.

Bates junior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine), who transferred to Bates this year from St. Michael's (Vt.) College, led the Bobcats with a second-place showing in the Junior/Senior race, trailing only Colby senior Berol Dewdney, 18:36.65 to 18:48.19. Naranja also was the winner of the women's Alumni Race a week ago. Senior captains Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) and Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) were a strong third and fourth, in 18:52.90 and 19:02.50. Junior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) and junior Andrea Fischer (Williamstown, Mass.) were sixth and ninth, respectively, in 19:23.72 and 19:46.47.

The Bobcats next host Tufts in the Bates Invitational next Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11am at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.