The Bates women’s cross-country team placed 5th at the New-England regional meet last weekend, all but guaranteeing them a team at-large bid to the national meet in Louisville, Kentucky on November 19. Jessica Wilson ‘17 and Katherine Cook ‘18 continued to shine for this well-rounded group of racers, pacing with each other throughout the race and finishing in 19th and 20th place, respectively.

The top two teams in the regional meet clinch an official spot in the national meet, but after a stellar showing earlier this season on the national stage at the Louisville Cross Country Classic meet on the same course where nationals are to be held, the Bobcats have been on the national radar. They cracked the top 25 after their 2nd place finish there, and were ranked 8th nationally heading into regionals this past weekend.

The day after their stellar showing at regionals, it was confirmed the team had secured a spot in the final meet of the season for the fourth time in team history. The Bobcats will be represented by captain Molly Chisholm ‘17, Sarah Rothmann ‘19, Wendy Memishian ‘19 (who will serve as the team alternate), Katie Barker ‘19, Mary Szatkowski ‘18 and Olivia LaMarche ‘20, along with Cook and Wilson at nationals.