BRISTOL, R.I. – No. 21 Bates College women's cross country finished seventh out of 47 teams, with the program's second seven runners earning an opportunity to race, at the ECAC Championship hosted by Roger Williams University at Colt State Park on Saturday.
Bates gained its positioning with 223 points as a team. No. 2 nationally-ranked Middlebury won the event with 30 points as No. 6 Williams (54), No. 11 Tufts (111), Amherst (164), Wellesley (199), and the University of New England (209) filled out the two through six spots, in order.
Senior Julia Hanlon (Cambridge, Mass.) paced the Bobcats with a 22nd-place finish out of 327 runners with a time of 23:29.30 while sophomore Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) followed closely with a 24th-place finish in a time of 23:36.81 over the 6-kilometer course.
A trio of Bates runners crossed the finish line within 10 spots of one another as first-year Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) came in 54th in 24:24.79, sophomore Julia Fisher (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished 60th in 24:37.75, and first-year Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) clocked in at 24:43.48 for 63rd place to round out the team's scoring.
The displacers for the Bobcats included sophomore Talia Zisman (Slingerlands, N.Y.) who came in 84th with a time of 25:02.93 and senior Merrill Brady (Concord, Mass.) who crossed the finish in 25:23.05 for 105th.
Catie Skinner of Middlebury won the event with a time of 22:30.58 and a 6:02.3 mile pace.
Next, Bates will compete at NCAA Regionals at the Narragansett School in Gorham, Maine on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.