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BATES MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TAKES 10TH AT NCAAS
LEWISTON, Maine - Bates College seniors Mike Danahy of So. Windsor, Conn., and Matt Twiest of Albuquerque, N.M., capped their stellar cross country careers by leading the Bobcats to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh.
Danahy earned his first cross-country All-America honor by placing ninth with a career-best time of 24:02 for the eight-kilometer course. The ninth-place finish ties the second best in school history, matching Twiest's placement from 1997. Danahy, who was named New England Runner of the Year yesterday, earns his third All-America bid in the past calendar year, having placed at the 1999 NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field championships. Twiest placed 17th overall with a time of 24:21, earning All-America recognition for the third time, joining Mark Hatch '86 as the Bobcats' only three-time cross country All-American.
Bates' 10th place finish as a team was their second-best performance in school history, eclipsed only by a sixth-place finish in 1977. The Bobcats entered the race ranked 19th in the nation. Bates improved to third among regional teams, scoring 281 points, just behind Tufts University (276) and just ahead of Williams College (284).
North Central College won the team championship for the 16th time, while senior Dave Davis of the University of Puget Sound (Wash.) won the individual title.
Bates Finishers 9) Mike Danahy (Sr., So. Windsor, Conn.) 24:02 17) Matt Twiest (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) 24:21 88) Justin Easter (Fy., Gray, Maine) 25:07 132) Brendan Hahesy (Sr., Melrose, Mass.) 25:29 144) John McGrath (Sr., Merrimack, N.H.) 25:35 165) Malcolm Gray (Fy., Bronxville, N.Y.) 25:48 193) Steve Dutton (Sr., Londonderry, N.H.) 26:18 Team scores 1) North Central (Ill.) 84 2) Keene (N.H.) State 100 3) Wisconsin-Lacrosse 101 4) Calvin (Mich.) 164 5) Wisconsin-Whitewater 192 6) Wisconsin-Stevens Point 225 7) St. John's (Minn.) 255 8) Nebraska Wesleyan 259 9) Tufts 276 10) BATES 281 11) Williams 284 12) St. Thomas (Minn.) 320 13) Wisconsin-Eau Claire 347 14) MIT 356 15) Wartburg (Iowa) 372 16) St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 393 17) Heidelburg (Ohio) 399 18) Plattsburgh (N.Y.) State 400 19) Haverford (Pa.) 401 20) Cortland (N.Y.) State 447 21) Puget Sound (Wash.) 451 22) Anderson (Ind.) 482 23) Emory (Ga.) 625 24) Elizabethtown (Pa.) 671Click here for complete results