No. 20 men's cross country outraces Conn, Tufts, Middlebury, USM at Pineland

From left to right, Ryan Nealis, Eli Boesch-Dining and Tucker Barber all placed among the top six individuals, helping Bates defeat Connecticut College, Tufts, Middlebury and Southern Maine in the Bates Invitational on Sept. 14, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The No. 20 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team placed five runners within the top six individuals en route to a dominating first-place finish against Connecticut College, No. 22 Tufts, Middlebury and Southern Maine on Saturday in the Bates Invitational at Pineland Farms.

The top 10 individuals on each team counted toward team scoring, with 11th and 12th runners acting as displacers. Bates led the way with 109 points, followed by Connecticut College (264), Tufts (268), Middlebury (295) and Southern Maine (413).

Senior captain Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) finished second among 76 runners, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:51.1, to lead a string of five straight Bobcats in a row. Junior captain Ryan Nealis (London, England) took third place overall in 26:01.6, sophomore Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) finished fourth in 26:04.2, first-year Eli Boesch-Dining (Concord, N.H.) took fifth in 26:04.5, and junior Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) placed sixth in 26:07.8.

Bates' second five rounded out the team scoring, with first-year Ryan Smith (Westport, Conn.) in 14th place (26:44.2, sophomore Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) in 15th (26:46.8), sophomore Nic Stathos (Wellesley, Mass.) in 18th (26:52.1), sophomore Jackson Donahue (Princeton, N.J.) in 19th and sophomore Nicholas Reznik (Bar Harbor, Maine) 23rd in 27:02.0. Junior Alex Brovender (Boxford, Mass.) and first-year Daniel McConnell (Califon, N.J.) were the displacers in 27th (27:15.5) and 39th (27:36.5) places, respectively.

In the USTFCCCA's preseason Top 10 regional poll, the Bobcats are ranked fourth in New England while Middlebury is fifth, Tufts seventh and Connecticut College eighth.

The Bobcats next compete in the Maine State Meet, taking place Oct. 5 and hosted by Colby College at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville. The men's race begins at 11am.