Women's cross country wins fourth straight Maine State Meet

Jillian Richardson led five Bates runners who won all-state honors, finishing third overall at the Maine State Meet on Oct. 5, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team won the Maine State Meet for the fourth year in a row Saturday at Quarry Road Recreation Area, placing all five of its top runners among the top seven finishers overall in a dominating performance.

Bates scored 25 points to outpace Bowdoin (32), as the two rivals combined to occupy the top 11 places in the order of finish. Host Colby (81), the University of New England (113) and Saint Joseph's (177) rounded out the top five of 10 competing teams.

Bates first-year Jillian Richardson (Auburn, Maine) took third place among 143 individuals, covering the 5-kilometer course in 19:29.2 to lead the Bobcats. Trailing her in order were four teammates: senior Olivia LaMarche (Lynnfield, Mass.) in fourth place (19:31.6), sophomore Tara Ellard (Brewster, Mass.) in fifth (19:44.1), junior Abby Hamilton (Yarmouth, Maine) in sixth (19:44.7) and junior Vanessa Paolella (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) in seventh (19:48.7). All five of Bates' scorers earned All-State honors for the top-seven finish. It is the third career all-state honor for both LaMarche and Hamilton, and the second for Paolella.

Bates' displacers were first-year Jordan Wilson (Medfield, Mass.), who finished ninth overall (19:58.5), and sophmore Elise Lambert (Amherst, N.H.), who was 17th (20:27.3). First-years Lily Harding (Kenfield, Calif.) and Elizabeth LaCroix (Richmond, R.I.) also made the top 20 in 18th (20:28.0) and 19th (20:32.5), respectively.

Bates will compete next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Saint Joseph's Invitational, starting 11am in Standish, Maine.