Men's cross country wins second straight Maine State Championship in dominant fashion

Evan Ferguson-Hull (left) and Michael Horowicz (right) both earned all-state honors for finishing among the top seven runners overall, as Bates men's cross country won its second straight Maine State Championship at Bowdoin on Oct. 17, 2015. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates men's cross country team put on a dominating performance in winning its second consecutive Maine State Championship meet Saturday at Bowdoin College, as the Bobcats' top five runners placed among the top seven overall.

Bates accumulated only 24 points, defeating runner-up Colby (45) by 21 points, with Bowdoin (55) third.

Senior captain Allen Sumrall (Albuquerque, N.M.) led No. 19 nationally ranked Bates by finishing in second place out of 177 athletes overall, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:19.5 to nab all-state honors for the second year in a row. 

Four more Bobcats also earned all-state plaudits for their top-seven finishes. Junior Joe Doyle (Glastonbury, Conn.) took fourth place in 25:30.9, followed by senior Gregg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.) in fifth (25:31.2), junior Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) in sixth (25:32.9) and junior Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.) in seventh (25:33.4).

Bates' displacers were sophomore Matt Morris (Bethesda, Md.) in 17th (26:14.0) and sophomore Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) in 19th (26:27.6).

Bates, New England's No. 4-ranked team, next competes at the NESCAC Championships, to be held Oct. 31 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Only two conference rivals are currently ranked ahead of the Bobcats in New England, in No. 1 Amherst and No. 2 Williams.