Women's cross country ties for second in points at Maine State Championships

Isabelle Unger earned all-state honors by finishing sixth at the Maine State Championships on Oct. 17, 2015 at Bowdoin. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team tied host Bowdoin in points while finishing third out of 11 teams on Saturday at the Maine State Cross Country Championships.

After repeat champion Colby (37 points), both Bates and Bowdoin scored 55, ahead of fourth-place University of New England (77). The host Polar Bears were credited as the second-place team due to their top three runners all finishing ahead of their Bates counterparts.

Bates senior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) took sixth place overall out of 182 runners to lead the Bobcats, covering the 5-kilometer course in 18:37.3, trailing overall winner Alanna McDonough by exactly 20 seconds. Sophomore Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) placed eighth in 18:46.6, just one spot away from earning all-state honors, which go to the top seven individuals in the race.

Juniors Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) and Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine) placed 11th and 12th, respectively, in 18:58.1 and 19:04.2. Sophomore Mary Szatkowski completed the Bobcats' team scoring in 18th place at 19:14.6 Bates' displacers were senior Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine), 27th in 19:37.9, and senior Julia Fisher (Philadelphia, Pa.), 28th in 19:39.3.

Bates, New England's 10th-ranked team, next competes at the NESCAC Championships, to be held Oct. 31 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.