Myrick Earns All-America Honors; Twiest Top First-Year
At Cross Country Nationals
Sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) became the third woman in Bates
College history to earn All-America honors in cross-country when she
placed 15th at the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships
at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., on Nov. 16. Teammate Abigail
Phelps (Chester, N.H.) placed 56th overall, while first-year runner Matt
Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) placed 43rd for the men.
Myrick ran the 5K race in 18:17, improving her personal best time by 26
seconds. She was the top finisher from New England and the fourth
sophomore to finish. She becomes the Bobcats' first cross country
All-American since 1992. Phelps equaled her personal best with a time of
18:54. She was the ninth runner from New England to finish the race.
Twiest also set a personal best for 8K, finishing in 25:20. His 43rd
place finish made him the first first-year runner to finish the course
and seventh among New England competitors.
Men's Soccer (9-5-1) Bows to Connecticut College in ECAC
In a rematch of the Bobcats' lone tie of the season, eventual ECAC
champions Connecticut College thwarted the 1996 men's soccer team's
effort to tie the school record for wins in a season. The Camels
withstood a late Bates surge to win, 1-0.
The Camels had the first good chance in the game in the 20th minute when
senior tri-captain Tom Murray (Marshfield, Mass.) ran over a Conn.
College player, earning himself a yellow card and a free kick for the
Camels. The shot off the indirect kick went over senior goalkeeper Mike
Marsh's (Manchester, Conn.) head but ricocheted off the crossbar and was
safely cleared away. The Bobcats got a terrific opportunity when
first-year forward Andy Apstein (Waban, Mass.) shook loose in the 33rd
minute and fired a shot out of reach of the Conn. College goalie, but
just past the far end of the net for a goal kick. With just 2:28
remaining in the first half, the Camels got on the board, converting a
corner kick after a scramble in front of the goal.
Much of the action was played in the Bates half of the field in the
second half, though the Bobcats had a couple of good chances. With 15
minutes remaining, Apstein was hauled down from behind 25 yards out.
Conn. College was hit with a red card, leaving them a man down for the
remainder of the game. The free kick was handled by the Camel goalie, but
the Bobcats kept the ball in the opponents' territory. After the Bobcats'
initial shot was deflected away with the goalkeeper out of position,
three shots were sent on a keeper-less goal, but two Camel defenders and
their diving goalkeeper protected the 1-0 lead. With five minutes to go,
Marsh strayed into the offensive end to create an 11-on-9 advantage, but
nothing materialized, especially after Murray was ejected for picking up
his second yellow card of the game.