Boesch-Dining leads No. 24 men's cross country to fifth place at NESCACs

Eli Boesch-Dining was the third-fastest first-year runner in the field as he led the Bates men's cross country team to fifth place at the NESCAC Championships on Nov. 2, 2019. (Courtesy of Patti Barrett)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Led by first-year Eli Boesch-Dining, the No. 24 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team placed fifth among 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Williams College at Mt. Greylock High School.

Boesch-Dining (Concord, N.H.) placed 22nd out of 145 runners on the 8-kilometer course with a time of 26:30.2, third-fastest among all first-year athletes. It was the second time this season Boesch-Dining has led the way for Bates.

Bates scored 138 points, just three behind fourth-place Colby (135) and 19 ahead of sixth-place Connecticut College (157). The host Ephs ran away with the team title, scoring just 22 points behind individual champion Aidan Ryan (25:27.3).

Senior captain Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) finished 25th overall in 26:32.5, second-fastest on the team. All five of Bates' scorers finished in the top 35, with junior Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) 27th in 26:33.6, junior captain Ryan Nealis (London, England) in 31st place (26:45.5) and sophomore Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) 34th (26:53.9).

Sophomore Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) placed 48th (27:07.5) and sophomore Jackson Donahue (Princeton, N.J.) was 50th as Bates' scoring displacers.

The Bobcats will race again at NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, hosted by Bowdoin on Nov. 16. The men's race begins at 11am, followed by the women's race at noon.