HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates sophomore Hannah Zeltner was named the year's first NESCAC Women's Cross Country Performer of the Week on Monday, following her superb performance at the highly competitive USM Invitational on Saturday.
Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) took third place among 243 runners overall, pacing three Bobcats among the top 20 at the meet, which included 19 top New England Division III teams. Zeltner finished the 5-kilometer course at Narragansett School in 18:19.81, just nine seconds behind individual leader Hannah Zydanowicz of Roger Williams.
The No. 19 nationally ranked Bobcats scored 86 points at the meet, trailing only No. 3 MIT (52) and No. 29 Tufts (54) and well ahead of such New England rivals as Colby (137), Connecticut College (165), Wellesley (175), Southern Maine (212) and Bowdoin (214).
Senior Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) checked in at an impressive 14th place in 18:39.85, followed by senior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) in 19th at 18:43.52. Senior Gabrielle Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) took 22nd place, and junior Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) rounded out Bates' scoring in 28th place at 18:54.99. Bates also had two high displacers in sophomore Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.), in 30th at 18:59.54, and junior Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.), in 32nd at 19:01.82.
Bates' last NESCAC Women's Cross Country Performer of the week was Naranja a year ago, on Oct. 15, 2012.
The Bobcats travel to St. Paul, Minn., this Saturday, Sept. 28, for the 50th running of the venerated Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Some team members will participate in the Bowdoin Invitational the same day.