Seniors lead No. 21 men's cross country to win Maine State Meet

Zach Magin finished third overall, leading the No. 21 Bates men's cross country team to its third Maine State Meet title in four years on Oct. 14, 2017. (Jay Burns/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Four seniors earned all-state honors for finishing in the top seven, leading the No. 21 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team to first place at the Maine State Meet Saturday at Bowdoin.

Bates had seven of the first 12 runners to cross the finish line, scoring 31 points to defeat host and runner-up Bowdoin (42) by 11. Southern Maine finished third (69), with the University of New England (149) and Colby (159) rounding out the top five of 12 teams overall.

Senior captain Zach Magin (West Hartford, Conn.) led Bates with a third-place finish out of 151 individuals, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:45.1. Senior Matt Morris (Rockville, Md.) took fifth place (26:08.8), less than a second ahead of sixth-place Stephen Rowe (Gambier, Ohio) in 26:09.6. Close behind was senior captain Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) in seventh place at 26:12.8. All four earned their first all-state honors. Bates' senior class has seen the Bobcats win the state title in three of their four years.

First-year Eliot Chalfin-Smith (Gainesville, Fla.) was Bates' fifth and final scorer in 10th place (26:22.4). He was followed in succession by the Bobcats' displacers, junior Henry Colt (Whately, Mass.) in 11th place (26:25.2) and sophomore James Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.), last year's state champion, in 12th (26:32.7).

Bates next races on Oct. 28, when it will host the NESCAC Championships at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The men's race begins at 12pm, followed by the women's race at 1pm.