No. 16 women's cross country battles No. 11 Tufts at Pineland

The No. 16 nationally ranked Bates women's cross country had three of the top five finishers in a competitive dual meet with No. 11 Tufts on Sept. 15, 2018, on the Bobcats' home course at Pineland Farms. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The No. 16 nationally ranked Bates women's cross country had three of the top five finishers in a competitive dual meet with No. 11 Tufts on Saturday on the Bobcats' home course at Pineland Farms.

With the top 10 runners from each team counting towards team scores, Bates scored 119 points to Tufts' 91. In traditional scoring, with five scorers and two displacers per team, Tufts would have prevailed by a 25-32 score.

Senior Katie Barker (Burlington, Vt.) placed second only to Tufts' Natalie Bettez, covering the challenging 5-kilometer course in 18:48.0 to Bettez's 18:08.7.

Junior Olivia LaMarche (Lynnfield, Mass.) took fourth place (19:01.4) and sophomore Abby Hamilton (Yarmouth, Maine) claimed fifth place (19:07.7). Senior captain Sarah Rothmann (Andover, Mass.) also finished in the top 10, at ninth place (19:23.8).

First-year Tara Ellard (Brewster, Mass.) finished fifth for Bates and 12th overall in 19:42.5, followed closely by sophomore Vanessa Paolella (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.) in 13th (19:44.3).

Seniors Wendy Memishian (Medway, Mass.), Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) and Hannah Austin (North Yarmouth, Maine) finished 17-18-19 in 19:54.4, 20:01.1 and 20:02.6, respectively, followed in 20th place, and 10th for Bates, by first-year Loren Andrews (Wellesley, Mass.). The Bobcats' displacers were first-year Emily Carty (Sweden, Maine) in 22nd (20:230) and junior Daniella Pascucci (Needham, Mass.) in 26th (20:41.3).

Bates will have its first meet with more than two teams on Sept. 29 as it competes for its third consecutive state title at the Maine State Meet, hosted by Bowdoin at 1:30pm.