MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Senior Elena Jay and sophomore Jessica Wilson placed 29th and 30th, respectively, leading a closely grouped Bates women's cross country team to sixth place among 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Championships.
Bates scored 180 points, 54 behind fifth-place Tufts and 20 points ahead of seventh-place Connecticut College. Middlebury won with 38 points, followed by Williams (47) and Amherst (108).
Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) covered Middlebury's 6-kilometer women's course in 23:55.7, 29th fastest among 121 individuals overall. Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) was 1.4 seconds behind in 23:57.1 for 30th place.
Senior Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.), sophomore Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) and first-year Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) were 38th, 39th and 44th, respectively, in 24:16.2, 24:16.8 and 24:23.5 to round out Bates' top five. The Bobcats' displacers were junior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) in 49th place (24:32.5) and junior Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) in 50th (24:33.1), ahead of Connecticut College's fourth runner.
Bates will compete next Saturday in the ECAC Division III Championships in Westfield, Mass., before the NCAA Regional Championships Nov. 15 in Williamstown, Mass.