Jay leads women's cross country to 10th out of 57 teams at NCAA Regionals

Isabelle Unger (center) raced to 57th place and Molly Chisholm (right) placed 74th overall at NCAA Regionals on Nov. 15, 2014 in Williamstown, Mass. (Tom Leonard '78) 

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates women's cross country team placed 10th out of 57 teams Saturday at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, with all seven of its runners placing among the top 100 individuals. It is the third year in a row the Bobcats have recorded a top-10 finish at regionals.

Senior captain Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) led Bates for the third straight race, placing 37th among 387 competitors overall. Jay covered the challenging 6-kilometer course at Mt. Greylock High School in 22:58.9, a 6:10 pace. She came within two spots and 0.4 seconds of earning All-New England (top 35) honors for a third time in her career.

Junior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) ran her best race of the season to finish 57th overall in 23:24.8. Sophomore Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) completed a strong sophomore season in 74th place at 23:43.0, and first-year Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) rounded out the team scoring in 84th and 88th, respectively, at 23:55.3 and 24:00.4.

Senior Erica Gagnon (Weymouth, Mass.) and junior Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) crossed the finish line almost simultaneously as Bates' displacers in 97th (24:14.3) and 98th (24:14.4) -- the third straight year Bates has had all seven runners place in the top 100.

"It was a good meet for us. Everyone ran well today, and it was Elena's best race of the year," said head coach Jay Hartshorn.

Cross country season is over for the Bobcats, but most team members will now transition into the indoor track season.