Women's cross country places fifth at NESCAC Championships

The Bates women's cross country team took fifth place out of 11 teams at the NESCAC Championships on Oct. 31, 2015. (Jay Hartshorn) 

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Bates women's cross country team turned in its best race of the season on Saturday, taking fifth place among 11 teams at the NESCAC Championships.

Bates' result was its best since 2013 and represented the Bobcats' fourth consecutive top-six performance at the conference championship meet.

Bates scored 139 points, solidly in fifth place behind fourth-place Amherst (113) and sixth-place Connecticut College (177). No. 2 Williams won the title with 30 points, followed by No. 4 Tufts (66) and No. 7 Middlebury (92). No. 32 nationally ranked Colby came in seventh (204), followed by Bowdoin (207) in eighth, Wesleyan (228) in ninth, Trinity (278) in 10th and Hamilton (288) in 11th.

Junior Jessica Wilson (Cumberland, Maine), senior Isabelle Unger (Charlotte, Vt.) and sophomore Katherine Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) all turned in top-25 finishes out of 123 runners to pace the Bobcats. Wilson placed 17th, covering 6 kilometers in 22:41.3. Unger was 23rd in 22:52.4 and Cook placed 25th in 22:57.6.

Junior Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) took 34th place in 23:07.2 and first-year Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.) in 52nd at 23:42.5 to round out Bates' team scoring. Sophomore Mary Szatkowski (Buxton, Maine) was Bates' first displacer in 63rd place (24:02.4), and senior captain Addie Cullenberg (Farmington, Maine) was right on her heels in 64th (24:02.6).

Bates, currently the 10th-ranked team in New England, competes at the ECAC Championships next Saturday in Williamstown, Massachusetts.