Pack running leads to 6th place at NESCACs for women's cross country

Elena Jay finished 29th overall in leading Bates to sixth place at the NESCAC Championships on Nov. 1, 2014. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78) 

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Senior Elena Jay and sophomore Jessica Wilson placed 29th and 30th, respectively, leading a closely grouped Bates women's cross country team to sixth place among 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Championships.

Bates scored 180 points, 54 behind fifth-place Tufts and 20 points ahead of seventh-place Connecticut College. Middlebury won with 38 points, followed by Williams (47) and Amherst (108).

Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) covered Middlebury's 6-kilometer women's course in 23:55.7, 29th fastest among 121 individuals overall. Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) was 1.4 seconds behind in 23:57.1 for 30th place.

Senior Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.), sophomore Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) and first-year Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) were 38th, 39th and 44th, respectively, in 24:16.2, 24:16.8 and 24:23.5 to round out Bates' top five. The Bobcats' displacers were junior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) in 49th place (24:32.5) and junior Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) in 50th (24:33.1), ahead of Connecticut College's fourth runner.

Bates will compete next Saturday in the ECAC Division III Championships in Westfield, Mass., before the NCAA Regional Championships Nov. 15 in Williamstown, Mass.