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.