Men's cross country shows off its depth at Bowdoin invitational

Trevor McAuliffe led the Bates men's cross country team at the Bowdoin Invitational II on Oct. 26, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The No. 24 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team rested its top 11 runners in advance of next week's NESCAC Championship, but made a strong showing of team depth Saturday, placing a close second to Bowdoin among five teams at the Bowdoin Invitational II.

Seven of the 10 Bates runners recorded personal-best times on an 8-kilometer course, led by first-year Trevor McAuliffe (Tokyo, Japan), who finished third out of 57 runners in 26:59.2, his PR by 38 seconds.

Junior Alex Brovender (Boxford, Mass.) finished fourth overall in 27:00.6, an 18-second PR. Junior Christopher Barker (Burlington, Vt.) took sixth place in 27:10.3, a 26-second PR, followed by first-year Mack Reynolds (West Hartford, Conn.) in 10th place (27:20.6, a 55-second PR), and sophomore John Mieszczanski (Chelmsford, Mass.) rounded out the scoring in 11th place at 27:38.2, a 41-second PR.

Displacers for the Bobcats were first-year Ezra Parkhill (San Francisco, Calif.) in 12th place (27:41.0) and first-year Daniel McConnell (Califon, N.J.) in 13th place (28:09.4).

"It was a very good and very competitive effort for our team today," said head coach Al Fereshetian. "This meet gave us a great opportunity to get some of your younger guys on a faster course."

The NESCAC Championships take place Saturday Nov. 2, hosted by Williams College at Mt. Greylock High School. The men's race begins at noon, followed by the women's race at 1pm.