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Women's cross country finishes fourth at NESCAC Championships

Hannah Zeltner '16 finished in 15th out of 126 runners. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

WATERFORD, CONN. – Sophomore Hannah Zeltner came in 15th place overall to lead Bates College women's cross country to a fourth-place finish at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Connecticut College at Harkness State Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats totaled 138 points as a team behind event winner Middlebury (29), second-place Williams (51), and third-place Tufts (90). The team finished ahead of – in order – Hamilton (147), Colby (183), Conn. College (188), Amherst (192), Bowdoin (235), Wesleyan (289), and Trinity (333).

Bates finished in a tie for fourth in the 11-team league last season with an identical 138 points.

Zeltner (Bedford, N.H.) completed the 6-kilometer course in 22:13 as the Bobcats' top finisher in a field of 126 runners. Junior Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) finished in 21st place overall in a time of 22:26 with senior Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) following closely in 26th with a time of 22:39. Senior Gabrielle Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) – 33rd overall, 22:55 – and sophomore Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) – 43rd overall, 23:25 – rounded out the scoring for Bates.

The team's displacers included senior Mira Carey-Hatch (Laconia, N.H.) with a time of 23:36 (46th place) and sophomore Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) who crossed the finish in 23:39, good for 47th overall, as all seven of Bates' runners finished in the top 50.

Senior Kaleigh Kenny of Williams won the event with a time of 21:20, running a 5:44 mile pace.

Next, Bates will compete in the ECAC Championships on Nov. 9 at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.