Women's cross country narrowly misses perfect score at St. Joe's invitational

Carly Harris took second place out of 93 runners at the Saint Joseph's Invitational on Oct. 12, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

STANDISH, Maine -- The Bates women's cross country team took six of the first seven places among 93 individuals en route to an impressive first-place finish at the Runnin' Monks Invitational Saturday at Saint Joseph's College.

Bates scored 17 points to 83 for runner-up University of New England, despite its top seven runners being held out to rest for next Saturday's Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble. St. Joe's (93), Emerson (126), Emmanuel (128), Simmons (144), Southern Maine (151) and UMaine-Presque Isle (208) rounded out the field.

Bates' top six runners comprised four first-years and two sophomores. First-year Frieda Kickliter (Mobile, Ala.) led the way in first place overall, running the 6-kilometer course in 24:53. Sophomore Carly Harris (Orinda, Calif.) followed in 24:58.1, and first-year Lily Harding (Kenfield, Calif.) took third place (25:04.7). First-years Elizabeth LaCroix (Richmond, R.I.) and Rowan Hassman (Coppell, Texas) rounded out Bates' scoring in sixth (25:28.0) and seventh (25:30.7) places, respectively. Sophomore Emily Carty (Sweden, Maine) placed seventh overall in 25:41.5 as Bates' first displacer. Senior captain Anais Gonzalez (Hanford, Calif.) was Bates' second displacer in 15th place (26:33.0), followed in 16th by sophomore Jenna Beagle (Indianapolis, Ind.).

With seven of its top runners being held out to rest up for next week's Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble, the Bates women's cross country team still recorded an impressive first-place finish among eight teams Saturday at the Runnin' Monks Invitational at Saint Joseph's College.

Bates will compete in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble next Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10am.