Men’s XC fourth at New Englands; awaits word on NCAAs
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Bates men’s cross country team claimed fourth place — just a point behind third-place rival Bowdoin — on Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championship, and now await word on Sunday whether the No. 10 nationally ranked Bobcats will receive an at-large team bid to next Saturday’s NCAA Championship at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Three Bobcats earned All-New England honors for finishing in the top 35 among 322 runners overall. Sophomore Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) led the Bobcats for the first time this season, finishing 18th overall in a time of 25:11.72 over 8 kilometers — his same finish as in the 2010 race. Junior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.) was right behind in 20th place, at 25:15.10, to add All-New England laurels to the All-NESCAC award he received a week ago. And senior Devin Dilts (Roscoe, Ill.) finished 34th in 25:28.02 for his fourth career All-New England honors.
Senior Ben Chebot (Newton, Mass.) put a stamp on an excellent senior season by racing to 42nd place overall in 25:40.34, and sophomore Mike Martin (Slatersville, R.I.) rounded out Bates’ scoring by placing 47th in 25:42.80. Junior Ken Whitney (West Hartford, Conn.) came in 55th place, at 25:54.73, and sophomore Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finished 108th in 26:56.89.
Although the Bobcats outpaced their counterparts from Bowdoin at each team’s respective spot beyond the first one — Bates’ second runner finished ahead of Bowdoin’s second, on down through seven — individual runner-up Coby Horowitz led the 14th-ranked hosts to edge Bates by a point, 160 to 161, for third place. No. 24 Tufts finished fifth with 175, and No. 17 MIT took sixth with 195.