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"I have been graced with the opportunity to depict the juicy details of a day in the life of Sweetums.  Never before has one written such a blunt account of the true lifestyle of a Bates runner.  The week began when I woke up on Monday morning, as is my custom..." read more

- Peter Gurney '11

NCAA Div III New England Qualifier
Bates 13th in New England; Dilts All-Region

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - After spending almost all of the season flying under the radar, Bates Men's Cross Country pulled out a 13th place in what is arguably the deepest New England region cross country has ever seen. Sophomore transfer Devin Dilts brought his first ever season of cross country to a stellar end, leading Bates with a 25th place finish (26:57), capturing All-Region honors. Dilts has led Bates at every cross country meet this season, and was the second sophomore in the New England region on Saturday. read more...

ECAC Championship
ECAC Squad Races at Colt State Park

BRISTOL, RI - The Bates cross country team competed at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship this weekend at Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island. Led by a 53th place finish from freshman Peter Corcoran, the men placed 18th overall. Corcoran, who has been a solid member of Bates' top seven all year, did not race at State of Maine or at NESCAC due to an injury. His race was clearly a solid indicator that he is recovered and ready to run next week at NCAA Regionals at Williams College. Corcoran ran a time of 28:02 on a crowded and confusing course. read more...

NESCAC Championship
Bates Hosts NESCACs

GRAY, ME - Bates College hosted the New England Small College Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 1, 2008, at Pineland Farms in Gray, Maine. Williams College won the men's 5 mile championship race for the third year in a row, with a score of 44 points to runner-up Trinity's 85 points. Following close behind was Amherst College with 93, defending NCAA New England Regional Champions. read more...

State of Maine Championships
Bates 3rd at States

CUMBERLAND, ME - Led once again by sophomore transfer Devin Dilts, Bates placed 3rd at Saturday's State of Maine Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at Twin Brook Park in Cumberland, Maine. Dilts placed 3rd overall in his most impressive race this season, behind event winner Tyler Jasud of USM and Bowdoin's Thompson Ogilvie. Dilt's time of 26:03 was almost faster than his time at Franklin Park last week, and was run over a much more challenging course. read more...

ING Greater Hartford Half-Marathon
Danahy '00 18th at ING Half Marathon

HARTFORD, CT - Bates Distance Alumn Michael Danahy '00 competed in the ING Greater Hartford Half Marathon on October 11, 2008. Danahy, a four-time All American at Bates in Cross Country and Track, placed 18th overall in an extremely competitive race, featuring more than 3,000 competing runners. Danahy's time of 1:16:51 equals an average pace of 5:52 per mile, an impressive feat for the 29 year old Danahy, who also teaches chemistry at Bates. Danahy's effort is the latest in the recent rash of Bates Distance alumns racing well, following the efforts of Matt Dunlap in the full Maine Marathon, and Matt Biggart and Patrick Wales-Dinan in the Half-Marathon just weeks ago. Stay tuned for pictures and more coverage. read more...

Open New Englands
Dilts, Calandra, Esponette Lead Way

BOSTON, MA - Bates placed 31st out of 47 competing teams at Open New Englands Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston, MA. Leading the way upfront was Devin Dilts once again, setting a PR in the process, running 26:00 to place 79th in a field of over 300 runners across Division I, II, and III. Close behind Devin was freshman Troy Calandra, who ran an equally impressive 26:13, also a huge PR. Troy finished 97th, meeting the very impressive benchmark of finishing in the top 100 as a freshman. Rounding out the top three was sophomore Tom Esponette, who also had a fantastic race, running a lifetime PR of 27:02. Tom's impressive efforts over the past few races have really cemented his place in Bates' top 5 this year. read more...

Bates Apparel
Order Your Bates XC Apparel Now!

LEWISTON, ME - Captains Mike Watson '09 and CJ Murray '09, along with the help of Coach Fresh, have designed a number of excellent apparel items customized for the Bates Cross Country team. Six of these options will be available to current athletes, and four of them are available for order to all alumni. If you're a Bates XC/Track alumn and want to show your pride, continue on to find the order form. read more...

Maine Marathon
Bates Distance Alumns Run Well

PORTLAND, ME - Matt Dunlap '08 placed second overall in his marathon debut on Sunday at the Maine Marathon in Portland, ME, running 2:36 to average a pace of 5:59 for 26.2 miles. Dunlap, captain of the '07 and '06 cross country team at Bates, as well as a two-time national qualifier, was the first Maine runner to finish, playing second fiddle only to Art Siemers (2:28) of Golden, CO, who was a 2004 Olympic trials marathon qualifier. read more...

Wesleyan Invite
Mud, Rain and Grit at Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, CT - Through hell and high water, Bates found itself a third place finish at the Wesleyan Invitational in Middletown, Connecticut, this past Saturday. With Hurricane Kyle moving its way up the east coast, the 8k Wesleyan course was ravaged by torrential rain and a stampede of runners. Host school Wesleyan University won the meet with 43 points, and in a surprise appearance Connecticut College took second with 45 points. Bates was third with 68 points. Devin Dilts once again led the way with a 5th place individual finish, running a time of 27:13. Freshman Sean Colligan moved his way up into the second man position, running a time of 27:42 for an 11th place finish. Behind him was Doug Brecher, Sauce, and in one of the best improvements of the day was Tom Esponette finishing 5th for Bates and 21st overall, with a time of 28:28. Rounding out the top seven were Troy Calandra and Ben Chebot. read more...

New Website is Live

LEWISTON, ME - As of 10:30 PM tonight, the new website is live. Feel free to bookmark it and check back frequently. Unfortunately, not everything is up and running yet. So far four sections of the website have been completed. The home page (where you are at now if you're reading this), the roster section, history, and the Why Bates? section. The roster page is not fully updated yet (just two of the coaches and me), as I am waiting on info from athletes. By the end of the week it should be completed, and the other pages should be up. Please e-mail me if something between those three pages is not working. Thanks, and enjoy. If you want to see the old website, you can access it by clicking here.

Jumbo Invitational
Bates Climbs to 3rd

GRAFTON, MA - We finished 3rd out of ten competing teams on Saturday, behind winner Bowdoin and DII team Stonehill. It was an extremely solid race for us, putting three of our guys in the top ten of the 8k race. Lead by sophomore transfer Devin Dilts, who finished fourth overall, junior Doug Brecher (9th place), and freshman Troy Calandra (10th) lead us to a strong showing at Tufts. read more...

Welcome back
Bates XC 2.0

LEWISTON, ME - Welcome back, visitors. As you may have noticed, the Bates Cross Country team is experiencing an overhaul. While the new website is a great asset, it accounts only for a small portion of the new wave of change here at Bates. This year we have nine total newcomers to the cross country team, including one transfer and seven freshmen. Their tremendous impact can be seen in the results. Devin Dilts '11, transfer from Vanderbilt University, has already shown us his ability, finishing 3rd at the Alumni Race, posting the fastest time of the day at the Colby duel meet, and finishing 4th at Tufts, leading the Bobcats at every race. The freshman are no exception. Four of them have already moved themselves into the top seven. In addition to our new ranks is the newly renovated Walter Slovenski Field House. The indoor track has been completely resurfaced with "Super Mondo X," the latest and greatest in track surfaces. No more stress fractures! Finally, to complete the revolution, we'll be getting new uniforms shortly. Welcome to Bates XC 2.0.


This website is the unofficial team run page for the Bates College Cross Country team. It is maintained by Joe Musso '11, if you have concerns/complaints/compliments, please e-mail them to jmusso@bates.edu.