Men's cross country sweeps Bates/Colby Class Wave Races

Henry Colt notched Bates' fastest time of the day as the Bobcats defeated Colby in the Bates/Colby Class Wave Races on Sept. 8, 2018. (File photo by Brewster Burns for Bates College)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates men's cross country team had a strong start to the 2018 season, winning both the junior/senior and first-year/sophomore races in the annual Bates-Colby Class Wave Races Saturday at Colby.

Under the annual meet's modified scoring system, both teams' seniors and juniors combined to race against one another, and first-years and sophomores in the other, with the top five finishers scoring points and the higher score winning. Bates' upperclassmen defeated Colby 27-25, while the first-years and sophomores teamed up for a 34-21 win, for a combined winning margin of 61-46.

"Great start for our team today; they battled very well," said head coach Al Fereshetian. "Combining both races we had our top 5 in a 21-second spread, and our top 7 in 29 seconds. Those are good numbers that will help our team be strong throughout the year."

Senior Henry Colt (Whatley, Mass.) registered Bates' top time on the day, finishing three seconds behind Colby's Eli Decker for second place in the junior/senior race, covering the 5-kilometer course in 16:07. Junior James Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed fourth in 16:25, scoring seven points. Senior Mark Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) scored six points with a fifth-place finish in 16:28, and senior Nico Johnson (Frederick, Md.) added five points with a sixth-place finish (16:32).

First-year Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) crossed the finish line first in the underclassmen race, with a winning time of 16:10, four seconds ahead of runner-up and sophomore teammate Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine). Three more first-year runners scored for the Bobcats, with Jackson Donahue (Princeton, N.J.) placing fourth (16:35), Nic Stathos (Wellesley, Mass.) placing fifth (16:36) and Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) taking ninth place (16:43).

"It was especially exciting to see our first-years and sophomores rally from a large deficit early in the race to a very convincing victory," said Fereshetian.

Bates will host Tufts and the University of Southern Maine next Saturday in the Bates Invitational at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The men's race begins at 11:45am, following the 11am women's race.