Wilson, Cook finish 1-2 but No. 6 Tufts wins women's Super XC Shootout

Bates placed second to No. 6 nationally ranked Tufts in the Pineland Super XC Shootout on Sept. 17, 2016. (Russ Dillingham for Bates College) 

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Bates senior Jessica Wilson finished first overall and junior Katherine Cook placed second, leading the host Bobcats women's cross country team to second place out of four teams at the Bates Super XC Shootout Saturday at Pineland Farms.

No. 6 nationally ranked Tufts placed all of its top five runners within the top eight runners overall to claim first place in the team standings, with 105 points. Bates came second with 170, followed by Wellesley (289) and WPI (317). The Jumbos are ranked No. 3 in New England this week and Wellesley is No. 6, while Bates is at No. 10.

Wilson (Cumberland, Maine), a one-time All-American in indoor track, claimed her first collegiate cross country race victory outside of the Bates-Colby Class Wave Races, covering Bates' home 3.11-mile course in 18:47.4, a 6:02.5 per mile pace. Cook (South Burlington, Vt.), Bates' outdoor track record holder in the 5,000 meters, was close behind in 18:52.8, 11 seconds ahead of third-place Brittany Bowman of Tufts.

Sophomore Katie Barker (Burlington, Vt.) was Bates' next finisher in sixth place overall at 19:19.5. Senior Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) placed 12th in 19:38.1 and junior Mary Szatkowski (Buxton, Maine) completed Bates' scoring in 18th place (19:48.4) out of 66 individuals.

Score displacers for Bates were sophomore Wendy Memishian (Medway, Mass.) in 21st (20:02.3) and first-year Olivia LaMarche (Lynnfield, Mass.) in 25th (20:10.3).

Bates will next compete Oct. 1, with split squads racing: the Bobcats will travel to Kentucky for the Louisville Cross Country Classic at 12:45pm, as well as to the Colby Invitational at 11am.