The team opened the 2010 cross country season at Pineland Farms, running against Colby on a 6k course in freshman/sophomore and junior/senior waves. Bates prevailed in both races, taking a combined 70 points over Colby's 39, using a goofy scoring system similar to that used in track. The day started off with the junior/senior race, in which Colby's Ben Cunkelman took the race from the gun, only to be chased down by Devin, who won with a four second margin of victory and a time of 19:38. Cunkelman took second, but Bates took the three through five spots thanks to Sweetums (Peter Gurney), Sean Colligan, and Taska, who all finished within 20 seconds of each other. Tristan and Kevin both had solid races as well, finishing eighth and ninth.
An hour after the junior/senior race, the freshmen and sophomores toed the line, and ended up finishing with impressive results. Wortham showed a real return to form, and pushed most of the race, with Noah in hot persuit. Noah, who was rechristened "Iceman" over the weekend, caught Wortham and ended up running the fastest time of the day, winning his race in 19:26, with Wortham close behind in 19:31. Colby's Brian Desmond took third, but the fourth and fifth spots went to Bates' Mike Martin and Eric Kimball. Martin, who we've recently taken to calling "Big Red," almost caught Desmond with a tremendous kick, but was two seconds short, finishing in 20:06. Kimball's time of 20:12 is indicative of how strong the underclassmen are, as the same time placed third in the junior/senior race. Finishing seventh in the freshman/sophomore race, and running Bates' seventh fastest time of the day was James LePage, who ran 20:26, only a minute behind Graboys.
The team returns to Pineland next Saturday for its first full five mile race against Colby, Bowdoin, and Tufts.