Senior captain Allen Sumrall led the pack of Bates runners at NESCACs.                 (PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE)

Senior captain Allen Sumrall led the pack of Bates runners at NESCACs. (PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE)

Bates cross-country performed well at the NESCAC Championships this past Saturday in Middletown, Connecticut, kicking off championship season in good form ahead of the ECAC, Regional, and NCAA races.

The number 19 nationally ranked Bates men, led by senior captain Allen Sumrall, placed seventh overall out of 11 NESCAC teams. As a team, Bates notched 184 points, directly ahead of rivals Colby and Bowdoin. The members of the team that recorded points included Sumrall, junior Joe Doyle in 41st, senior Gregg Heller (44th), junior Evan Ferguson-Hull (47th), and sophomore Matt Morris (48th).

Sumrall, who ran the eight-kilometer course in 25:24.45, earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors for his outstanding performance, his first-ever NESCAC All-Conference award.

The Bates women tallied 139 team points, directly behind fourth-place Amherst and comfortably ahead of sixth-place Connecticut College. Five runners scored points for Bates, including junior Jess Wilson (17th), senior Isabelle Unger (23rd), sophomore Katherine Cook (25th), junior Molly Chisholm (34th), and first-year Sarah Rothmann (52nd).

By coming in fifth place, the Bates women secured their best conference result since 2013 and their fourth straight top-six NESCAC championship meet finish. Along with their male counterparts, they’ll aim to build on their strong showing this Saturday at the ECAC Championships in Williamstown, Massachusetts.