Jones leads No. 35 men's cross country to second place at Maine State Meet

James Jones led the Bates men's cross country team to second place in the Maine State Meet at Bowdoin on September 29, 2018. (Jay Burns/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Led by junior James Jones, the No. 35 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team took second place out of 12 teams Saturday at the Maine State Meet Invitational, held at Bowdoin.

The meet included six out-of-state teams, and thus was scored as both a 12-team state championship meet and an 18-team invitational.

Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Bobcats in fifth place among Maine runners and seventh overall, covering the 8-kilometer course at Bowdoin in 25:56.0. The all-state honor is the second of Jones's career.

Bowdoin, ranked ninth in New England but unranked nationally, took first place in the state meet with 29 points, with Bates, ranked seventh in New England, the runner-up (56). Colby (70) was third, with Southern Maine (95) and the University of New England (135) rounding out the top five.

Bowdoin also won the overall 18-team scoring with 38, followed by No. 24 Connecticut College (68) in second and Bates (72) a close third. Colby (93) and Southern Maine rounded out the top five.

"We were fortunate to come away with a third-place finish behind two senior dominant teams in Bowdoin and Conn College," said Fereshetian. "We still we have some work to do in the coming weeks to make sure that our top runners are running at the same level at which they are training. It was a rough day for our top five, however we saw a lot of improvement and development through the middle of the team.  A lot of our younger guys gained some valuable experience."

Bates' remaining four scorers and two displacers were:

  • Junior Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) placed ninth in Maine and 11th overall (26:19.5).
  • Senior captain Nico Johnson (Frederick, Md.) placed 12th in Maine and 15th overall (26:23.6).
  • Senior captain Henry Colt (Whatley, Mass.) placed 13th in Maine and 16th overall (26:34.8).
  • Sophomore Eliot Chalfin-Smith (Gainesville, Fla.) finished 17th in the state and 23rd overall (26:41.6).
  • First-year Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) placed 19th in the state and 25th overall (26:48.9).
  • Sophomore Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) took 20th place in Maine and 26th overall (26:49.3).

"Both James Jones and Justin Levine showed continued improvement and gave us a good presence up front. That will help a lot in our future meets," said Fereshetian.

Bates next competes on Oct. 13 at the Connecticut College Invitational, to be held at Harkness State Park in Waterford, Conn.

"That will be a critical meet as we will have great competition with most of the stronger New England teams and many out of region teams," said Fereshetian.