NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Led by senior Zach Magin's sixth-place individual finish, the Bates men's cross country team took third place out of 11 teams Saturday while playing host to the NESCAC Championships at Pineland Farms, the Bobcats' best conference finish since tying for second in 2011.
Amherst won the team title for the first time since the meet became an official conference championship in 1983, outpacing runner-up Middlebury 35 points to 66. Mohamed Hussein took first place out of 150 individuals to lead the Mammoths, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:07.3. Hussein was also the conference individual champion in 2015.
Bates captured third place with 109 points, six points ahead of Connecticut College (115), which boasted the second- and third-place individuals in the race, Scott Mason and Danny Aschale. Williams College, the defending champion for four years running, placed fifth (126).
Tufts (161) came in sixth place, followed by Bowdoin (192), Hamilton (198), Trinity (237), Wesleyan (246) and Colby (261).
Magin (West Hartford, Conn.) will earn First Team All-NESCAC honors for his top-seven finish, the first of his career. He finished the race in 25:32.5, a half-second behind Amherst's Cosmo Brossy and 1.8 seconds ahead of seventh-place Harrison Knowlton of Middlebury.
Fellow senior captain Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) surged down the stretch to take 16th place in 25:51.4, followed closely by junior Ryan Betz (Indianapolis, Ind.), who placed 18th (25:53.4) in his best collegiate race thus far. Junior Henry Colt (Whately, Mass.) finished 34th (26:19.1) and senior Stephen Rowe (Gambier, Ohio) took 35th (26:19.5) to round out the Bobcats, team scoring. Bates' displacers were sophomore Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) in 37th place (26:23.5) and senior Matt Morris (Rockville, Md.) in 69th (26:55.1).
Bates, ranked No. 28 in Division III, will look to carry its momentum into the NCAA New England Regionals, taking place Nov. 11 at Gorham (Maine) Country Club and hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
VIDEO: Race Start (Jay Burns/Bates College)