NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Senior captain Katherine Cook crossed the finish line first as the No. 25 nationally ranked Bates women's cross country team finished second to No. 11 Tufts while outscoring WPI and Wellesley on Saturday at the Bates Invitational, held at Pineland Farms.
With the top 10 runners from each team counting towards team scores, Tufts, ranked fourth in the New England Region in Division III, scored 114 points. Bates, ranked fifth in New England, came second with 168 points, although the Bobcats would have edged Tufts 31-32 in the traditional cross-country scoring format, with five scorers and two displacers.
WPI placed third with 231 points, followed in fourth by Wellesley (358).
Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) finished the 5-kilometer course in 18:10.3, a 5:50.9 pace per mile, 5.8 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Tufts senior Brittany Bowman, capturing her first career win in a collegiate cross country race. Tufts' Natalie Bettez was third.
Bates sophomore Olivia LaMarche (Lynnfield, Mass.) finished fourth out of 75 individuals in a time of 18:46.0, while first-year Abby Hamilton (Yarmouth, Maine) and junior Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) placed sixth (18:51.7) and seventh (18:56.4), respectively.
Rounding out Bates' top 10 runners were junior Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.) in 13th place (19:29.4), senior captain Mary Szatkowski (Buxton, Maine) in 19th (19:50.0), junior Hannah Austin (North Yarmouth, Maine) in 26th (20:06.8), senior captain Callie Reynolds (West Hartford, Conn.) in 29th (20:11.9), junior Wendy Memishian (Medway, Mass.) in 36th (20:32.9) and senior Rachael Rosow (Avon, Conn.) in 40th (20:42.7).
On Sept. 30 at 12pm, Bates will run its only race outside of New England prior to the NCAA Championships, competing in the Saratoga Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.