NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Sophomore Bart Rust won the first-year/sophomore race with the best time of the day, as the Bates men's cross country team won the annual Bates/Colby Class Wave Races for the third straight year Saturday at Pineland Farms.
Both teams' juniors and seniors raced against one another in one race, and first-years and sophomores in the other, with the top five finishers scoring points, with the higher score winning. Colby edged Bate 28-27 in the younger race, but Bates took the junior/senior race 35-19 for an overall winning score of 62-47.
Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) finished the 6-kilometer home course in 18:56 in the first-year/sophomore race, outdistancing runner-up Tyler Morris of Colby by 22 seconds.
First-year Eli Boesch-Dining (Concord, N.H.) took third place in the race in 19:28. Rounding out Bates' scoring were first-year Ryan Smith (Westport, Conn.) in fifth place (19:36), sophomore Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) ninth in 20:04 and sophomore Nicholas Reznik (Bar Harbor, Maine) 11th in 20:17.
Colby junior Eli Decker won the junior/senior race in 19:12. Bates senior captain Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) was the runner-up in 19:19, beginning a run of seven straight Bobcats finishing ahead of any other Mule. Junior captain Ryan Nealis (London, England) came in third place in 19:53, followed by junior Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) in 20:06, junior Alex Brovender (Boxford, Mass.) in 20:35 and junior Jeremy Bennett (Windham, Maine) rounded out team scoring in sixth place (20:38).
Bates returns to Pineland next Saturday to host the Bates Invitational at 11am, racing against Tufts, Connecticut College, Middlebury, and Southern Maine.