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Unger leads women's cross country to 12th out of 60 at NCAA Regionals

Isabelle Unger led the Bates women's cross country team to 12th place out of 56 teams at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships on Nov. 14, 2015. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

WATERFORD, Conn. -- The Bates women's cross country team took 12th place out of 56 teams Saturday, as the season concluded at the 2015 NCAA New England Regional Championships.

The Bobcats ranked ninth in New England entering the race, but with 380 points, Bates was bypassed in the final standings by such previously defeated rivals as Colby (277, ninth place), Connecticut College (296, 10th) and Bowdoin (372, 11th). The Bobcats topped 13th-place Wesleyan (406) by 26 points.

Bates placed four women among the top 100, out of 390 individuals in the 6-kilometer race at Harkness State Park. 

Senior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) capped a strong senior season with a team-best 53rd-place showing, finishing the race in 22:50.1.

Close behind Unger were sophomore Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) in 58th place, up from 84th place at the same meet a year ago, in 22:59.1, and junior Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.), who placed 62nd in 23:02.6, up from 74th in 2014.

Junior Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine), Bates' most frequent frontrunner this season, was fourth on the team and 100th overall in 23:40.6, while first-year Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.) wrapped up Bates' scoring in 107th place (23:44.8).

The Bobcats' sixth and seventh runners and score displacers were seniro captain Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) in 129th (24:07.6) and sophomore Mary Szatkowski (Buxton, Maine) in 149th (24:19.8).

This marked Bates' 10th straight year placing among the top 12 teams at NCAA Regionals. The majority of the team will now transition to the indoor track and field season.