Bates men ninth at NESCAC Cross Country Championship
WATERFORD, Conn. — Bates College finished ninth in a hotly contested NESCAC Men’s Cross Country Championship Saturday, hosted by Connecticut College at Harkness State Park.
The Bobcats finished with 172 points, getting nipped by Tufts by a single point and finishing a mere 28 points from third place Amherst (144). Williams won the team title with 30 points.
“We raced pretty well against some pretty darn good competition,” said Bates coach Al Fereshetian.
Senior co-captain Steve Monsulick (Kents Hill, Maine) finished first for Bates with an 11th-place time of 26:47 over the extremely windy and rainy 8-kilometer course. Junior co-captain Matt Dunlap (Farmington, Maine) followed in 31st place at 27:09. First-year Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) was 40th in 27:31, junior Andrew Percy (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 44th in 27:35, first-year Conor Welch (Newburyport, Mass.) was 46th in 27:36, first-year Doug Brecher (Waban, Mass.) was 59th in 27:59, and sophomore C.J. Murray (North Andover, Mass.) rounded out Bates’ top seven scorers in 62nd place, at 28:07.
“Dylan McGuffin, Andrew Percy, and Conor Welch really stepped up for us today,” said Fereshetian. “Matt Dunlap was solid. I think the brutal course conditions affected Steve (Monsulick).”