No. 17 men's cross country edges Colby to win Maine State Meet

Eli Boesch-Dining led the Bates men's cross country team to victory at the Maine State Meet on Oct. 5, 2019, finishing third overall and winning all-state honors. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The No. 17 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team won the Maine State Meet Saturday at Quarry Road Recreation Area, outscoring host Colby by four points to place first among 13 competing teams.

Bates scored 34 points to Colby's 38, while 2018 state champion Bowdoin was third with 89. Southern Maine (102) and the University of New England (102) rounded out the top five.

First-year Eli Boesch-Dining (Concord, N.H.) led the Bobcats for the first time this season with a third-place finish out of 157 runners, covering the 8-kilometer course in 26:08.3. Sophomore Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) finished fourth (26:14.8) and joined Boesch-Dining in earning all-state honors for the top-seven individual finish.

Senior captain Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) placed eighth in 26:45.5. He was followed in the team scoring by junior Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) in ninth (26:51.7) and junior captain Ryan Nealis (London, England) in 10th (27:01.6). Sophomore Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) was right behind Nealis in 11th place as the first displacer in the race, and first-year Gabe Coffey (Bangor, Maine) was Bates' second displacer in 15th place overall (27:15.3).

Bates will compete next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Saint Joseph's Invitational, starting 10am in Standish, Maine.