WATERFORD, Conn. -- Senior captains Nico Johnson and Henry Colt led the Bates men's cross country team to 14th place out of a stacked field of 27 teams Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational, held at Harkness State Park.
NESCAC teams Amherst, Williams, Middlebury and Tufts swept the top four places in the meet, which also drew several nationally ranked teams from outside regions. Bates scored 357 points, edging Colby (363) for 14th place, and one point behind 13th-place UMass-Dartmouth.
Johnson (Frederick, Md.) placed 46th overall among 402 runners, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:59.4. Colt (Whatley, Mass.) crossed the finish line 64th in 26:07.9.
Junior James Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 81st in 26:16.5, followed by first-year Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) in 102nd (26:30.2) and junior Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) in 104th (26:30.9). The team's displacers were sophomores Ryan Nealis (London, England) and Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine), who finished 121st and 122nd, 0.3 seconds apart at 26:42.8 and 26:43.1.
Bates next races in the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Tufts at Franklin Park in Boston, at 1pm.