MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Senior Allen Sumrall placed eighth out of 129 runners overall to lead the No. 19 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team to seventh place out of 11 teams at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday.
Bates scored 184 points, beating rival Colby by 10 points for seventh place. Bowdoin (232) was ninth, followed by Connecticut College (256) and Trinity (286). No. 2 nationally ranked Williams won the meet with 36 points, followed by No. 5 Amherst (61), No. 31 Tufts (99), Hamilton (144), Middlebury (147) and sixth-place Wesleyan (150).
Sumrall (Albuquerque, N.M.) covered the 8-kilometer course in 25:24.45, 1.35 seconds ahead of ninth-place Griffin Colaizzi of Williams. The team captain earned his first NESCAC All-Conference honor with his performance; he will be named Second Team All-NESCAC for leading the second-best seven individuals at the race.
Junior Joe Doyle (Glastonbury, Conn.) placed 41st in 26:27.14, just ahead of a pack of Bobcats. Senior Gregg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.) was 44th in 26:29.56, junior Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) was 47th (26:32.03), and sophomore Matt Morris (Bethesda, Md.) was 48th (26:33.44) to round out the team's scoring.
Bates had two of the meet's top three displacers from any team, in junior Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.), who was right behind Morris in 49th (26:35.00), and sophomore Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) who was 51st in 26:36.89.
Bates, ranked fourth in New England, competes at the ECAC Championships next Saturday in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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