Men's cross country wins Saint Joseph's Invitational

Christopher Barker (middle) finished fourth out of 83 runners at the Saint Joseph's College Invitational on Oct. 12, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

STANDISH, Maine -- With seven of its top runners being held out to rest up for next week's Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble, the No. 17 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team still recorded an impressive first-place finish among eight teams Saturday at the Runnin' Monks Invitational at Saint Joseph's College.

The Bobcats scored 28 points to easily outpace runner-up University of New England (75). Thomas (97) and St. Joe's (97) tied for third place, followed by Emerson (146), Regis (151), UMaine-Presque Isle (161) and Central Maine Community College (214).

First-year Daniel McConnell (Califon, N.J.) led seven Bobcats who all finished in the top 10 among 83 individuals, covering the 8-kilometer course in 27:53.1 to place third overall. Junior Christopher Barker (Burlington, Vt.) followed in fourth place overall (28:01.1), with sophomore Nicholas Reznik (Bar Harbor, Maine) in sixth (28:02.4), junior Alex Brovender (Boxford, Mass.) in seventh (28:06.9) to round out the team scoring.

Bates' scoring displacers were first-year Mack Reynolds (West Hartford, Conn.) in ninth place (28:16.1) and firs-tyear Ezra Parkhill (San Francisco, Calif.) in 10th (28:26.5), trailed closely behind by sophomore John Mieszczanski (Chelmsford, Mass.) in 11th (28:26.9).

Bates will compete in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble next Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11:15am.