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No. 6 Bates loses to Colby, Central College places second
No. 6 Bates at Bates/Colby Class Meet
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Colby surprised No. 6 nationally-ranked Bates with an overall win in the season-opening Bates/Colby Class Wave Races at Pineland Farms.
The host Bobcats, who finished sixth at last year's national championship, posted a convincing win in the junior/senior race, led by senior captain Mike Martin, but the Mules made up for it with a convincing win in the freshman/sophomore race.
Under the races' modified scoring system, the higher score wins, the top five runners on both sides score, and there are no displacements. Bates won the junior/senior race by a 35-20 score, with Colby winning the younger matchup 39-16.
Martin finished the 6-kilometer course in 19:04, the fastest time of the day. Senior captain Tully Hannan had the day's second-fastest time, at 19:23. Senior Noah Graboys finished fourth overall in 19:46, junior John Stansel was fifth in 19:48 and junior Christian Sampson was eighth in 20:25 to round out Bates' scorers. Colby junior Jeff Hale finished third overall in 19:39.
Colby claimed the top four spots in the freshman/sophomore race, led by first-year David Chelimo's time of 19:35, follwed by Silas Eastman, Griffin Gagnon and Andrew Estrada. Bates sophomore Gregg Heller finished fifth in 19:53, followed by Colby's Chase Brown.
No. 7 Central at Central Dutch Invitational
PELLA, Iowa -- Central jumped to a quick start at the Central Dutch Invitational Saturday morning, led by first-place finisher Austin O’Brien in the first meet of the season.
In a seven-team field the team placed second. Central went without all-America honoree Eli Horton and freshman Isaac Steffensmeier due to injury. But the Dutch still placed three in the top five and seven runners finished in the top 30 in a field of 97, scoring 40 points. Carleton College, the No. 10-rated team in the region, took the top spot with 36 points and fourth-ranked Loras finished third with 50 points.
O’Brien led the pack with a finishing time of 26 minutes:19 on the 8,000-meter course. Cole Decker placed third and Drew Jackson rounded out the top five, crossing the finish line in 27:02.