Women's cross country 14th out of 40 teams at Lehigh's Paul Short Invitational

Bates women's cross country showed great depth at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 4, 2014. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Bates women's cross country team made a strong showing out of a field of teams from all three NCAA divisions, placing 14th out of 40 teams overall Saturday at Lehigh University's Paul Short Collegiate Invitational.

Remarkably, the Bobcats had a spread of only 20 seconds between its first and fifth runners, and a 39-second spread between 1 and 7. The result was a seventh-place showing among at least 20 Division III teams. Racing in the Women's Brown division, the Bobcats placed ahead of such teams as Saint Joseph's, Swarthmore, Rochester, Siena and Rowan.

Sophomore Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) finished 77th and senior Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) 78th among 360 runners overall, covering the course in 23:01 and 23:02, respectively. Seniors Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.) and Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) and junior Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) finished in a big pack at 23:19, 23:20 and 23:21, respectively, taking 107th, 111th and 115th places. First-year Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) were right behind in 120th (23:25) and 140th (23:40).

"We had a good meet and showed our depth," said head coach Jay Hartshorn. "We're excited for the rest of the season, because we should be getting better every week."

Bates runs at all-divisions Open New Englands next Saturday at 11am in Boston's Franklin Park.