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Women's cross country places third at Maine state meet

FARMINGTON, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country finished third out of 11 teams Saturday at the State of Maine Intercollegiate Championships, failing in their bid to capture the state title for the first time since 2011.

Colby won the meet in dominant fashion, placing its first five runners inside the top 13, including the top two finishers, for a team score of 34 points. The University of New England also put on an outstanding performance, surprising the Bobcats by edging them for second place, 60 to 61. Bowdoin (112) and Southern Maine (131) rounded out the top five teams.

Senior captain Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) finished the tough 5-kilometer course at Mt. Blue High School in third place out of 144 runners overall in 19:35, 12 seconds behind race winner Alanna McDonough. It is Jay's second year in a row winning All-State honors for a top-seven finish.

Sophomore Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) placed 10th in 19:59. Bates rounded out its team scoring by taking places 15 through 17: sophomore Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) at 20:15, junior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) in 20:24 and first-year Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) in 20:33. Senior Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.) came in 19th at 20:37 and junior Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) was 21st (20:42) as Bates' second displacer.

The Bobcats will compete Nov. 1 at the NESCAC Championships in Middlebury.