NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team showed outstanding depth in outracing two NESCAC oponents, No. 17 nationally ranked Middlebury and Connecticut College, in taking second place to No. 11 Tufts Saturday at the Bates Invitational.
The top 10 individuals on each team counted toward team scoring, with 11th and 12th runners acting as displacers. Tufts led the field with 97 points, followed by Bates (194), Middlebury (241) and Connecticut College (354).
"We executed the way I wanted and ran well," said head coach Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn. "Our team is deep, and it's really exciting to think about where we can go from here."
First-year Jillian Richardson (Auburn, Maine) led the Bobcats by placing eighth overall out of 87 runners, running the 5-kilometer home course in 18:45.0. Senior captain Olivia LaMarche (Lynnfield, Mass.) was behind her in ninth place at 18:58.2.
Junior Vanessa Paolella (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) was the third scorer for the Bobcats, taking 15th place (19:14.4). Rounding out the team scoring were sophomore Tara Ellard (Brewster, Mass.) in 19th place (19:30.3), junior Abby Hamilton (Yarmouth, Maine) in 20th (19:34.1), first-year Frieda Kickliter (Mobile, Ala.) in 21st (19:37.0), first-year Jordan Wilson (Medfield, Mass.) in 24th (19:46.5), sophomore Elise Lambert (Amherst, N.H.) in 25th (19:47.8), sophomore Emily Carty (Sweden, Maine) in 26th (19:47.9) and first-year Rowan Hassman (Coppell, Texas) in 27th (19:49.0).
The USTFCCCA's preseason regional rankings have Bates ranked 10th in New England, behind Tufts (3rd) and Middlebury (4th).
Bates will next race in the Maine State Meet on Oct. 5, 12pm at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville. The Bobcats will be going after their fourth state championship in a row.