Bates cross country continued its historical success at New England Regionals on Saturday in Waterford, Connecticut, with the women’s squad placing 12th out of 56 teams, while the men finished eighth of 55. Though numerous Bates runners did well in a solid team effort, men’s senior captain Allen Sumrall was the only individual to qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this upcoming weekend in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Sumrall earned All-New England distinction (awarded to the top 35 finishers) on the strength of his eighth-place overall finish out of a 380-runner field. After narrowly attaining All-New England status last season with a 34th-place finish and a time of 26:17.9 on the eight-kilometer course, Sumrall showcased his incredible improvement, crossing the line in 24:57.7.
Four of Sumrall’s teammates also contributed to the Bobcats’ 228-point total, including senior Gregg Heller (50th), juniors Evan Ferguson-Hull (55th) and Michael Horowicz (56th), and sophomore Matt Morris (59th). NESCAC institutions dominated the competition, as they comprised nine of the top 11 schools. Bates finished in between Colby (seventh) and Connecticut College (ninth).
The Bates women placed in the top 12 at Regionals for the tenth consecutive season. Led on Saturday by senior Isabelle Unger in her final college race, Bates recorded 380 points. Unger (53rd), sophomore Katherine Cook (58th), juniors Molly Chisholm (62nd) and Jess Wilson (100th), and first-year Sarah Rothmann (107th) were all part of Bates’ team score. With no runners advancing to nationals, many of the Bates women will look forward to indoor track season.
Sumrall’s season, however, is not quite over. Based on his excellent performances throughout the season, he’s earned the right to compete with the best Division III runners in the country.