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Jay, No. 20 women's cross country top Colby in opener

Elena Jay '15 pulled away from two teammates down the final stretch as Bates won the junior/senior race convincingly over Colby on Sept. 7, 2013. Photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Junior Elena Jay ran the fastest time of the day, leading the No. 20 nationally ranked Bates women's cross country team to a win over rival Colby in the annual Bates/Colby Class Wave Races at Pineland Farms on Saturday.

The unique meet features a Junior/Senior race and a First-Year/Sophomore race. Under the races' modified scoring system, the higher score wins, the top five runners on both sides score, and there are no displacements. Bates won in the overall scoring by a 67-43 tally.

Bates, ranked fourth among New England Division III teams, won the junior/senior race handily, by a 38-17 score, while the first-year/sophomore race was also taken by the Bobcats, by a 29-26 score.

Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) completed the 2.8-mile course in 17:05, leading the way as Bates placed eight of the top nine runners in the junior/senior race. Senior Gabby Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) finished second in 17:13, followed closely by senior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) in 17:14.

Colby senior Kate Connolly broke up the Bates string with a fourth-place finish in 17:34, but Bates senior Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) took fifth with an identical time. Senior Andrea Fisher (Williamstown, Mass.) rounded out Bates' scoring in 17:54, with junior Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), senior Devin Tatro (Haverhill, Mass.) and senior Julia Hanlon (Cambridge, Mass.) placing sixth, seventh and eighth overall.

Colby sophomore Alanna McDonough crossed the finish  line first in the first-year/sophomore tilt, trailed seven seconds later by Bates sophomore Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) in 17:55. Following Colby sophomore Emma Wood, who was third in 18:11, Bates grabbed the next three positions, with sophomore Addie cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) fourth in 18:14, first-year Jessica wilson (Cumberland, Maine) fifth in 18:30 and sophomore Julia Fisher (Philadelphia, Pa.) sixth in 18:32. First-year Kylie Johnson (Winnetka, Ill.) rounded out Bates' scoring in 19:03.

Bates will resume competition in two weeks, at the USM Invitational on Sept. 21, taking place at Narragansett School in Gorham, Maine.

Team Scoring

Women's Race Results