Men's cross country tops Huskies, battles Jumbos in home meet

The Bates men's cross country team finished a close second to Tufts in a home meet featuring three of the top 10 ranked Division III teams in New England on Sept. 15, 2018 at Pineland Farms. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The Bates men's cross country team finished a close second to Tufts in a home meet featuring three of the top 10 ranked Division III teams in New England on Saturday at Pineland Farms.

With the top 10 runners from each team counting towards team scores, Bates, ranked seventh in the New England Region in Division III, scored 128 points to No. 6 Tufts' 124 points, while No. 9 Southern Maine was third with 238. In traditional scoring, with five scorers and two displacers per team, Bates would have won by a 30-33 score over Tufts, with USM third with 68.

Tufts' Dylan Jones took first place overall in 26:23.0, but he was followed by three consecutive Bobcats, led by senior Henry Colt (Whately, Mass.), who covered the 8-kilometer course in 26:41.5 as the runner-up. First-year Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) was third in 26:45.7 and junior James Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took fourth in 26:48.1.

Senior Nico Johnson (Frederick, Md.) finished 10th (27:04.6) and sophomore Eliot Chalfin-Smith (Gainesville, Fla.) placed 11th (27:08.8) to round out Bates' top five.

Bates' sixth through 10th runners to cross the finish line were first-year Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) in 14th (27:23.9), sophomore Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) in 15th (27:24.1), junior Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) in 21st (27:39.3), first-year Jackson Donahue (Princeton, N.J.) in 23rd (27:56.5) and junior Gabe Benson (Maplewood, N.J.) 25t in 28:20.0. The team's displacers were first-year Nic Stathos (Wellesley, Mass.) in 27th (28:25.2) and senior Tyler Parke (Concord, Mass.) in 28th (28:28.0).

Bates will look to defend its state title on Sept. 29 in the Maine State Meet at Bowdoin, with a 2:30pm race time.