Bates College Women's Cross

Smith Invitational, Sept. 13, 1997 - The women's cross country took four of the top seven spots at Smith to win the 5K Smith Triangular. Junior All-American Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) and senior co-captain Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) took third and fourth place to pace the Bobcats, while senior co-captain Kim Walker (Hampton, N.H.) and first-year runner Kristine Oelberger (Stow, Mass.) came in sixth and seventh.

Halfway through the race victory was not yet apparent. In the second half of the race, Bates started to challenge. Adelia and Abby had established their positions among the top five finishers early, but there were still points to be had as Kim Walker, Kristine Oelberger and Lauren Nally worked together making their way through the crowd solidifying their positions among the top twelve runners.

In the final half mile of the race Jess Young '99 who was running in her first ever cross country race aggressively attacked the largest hill on the course passing four runners on the way up and three more on the way down. She caught teammate Lauren Nally who was running strong with 400m to go in the race. They finished finished fifth and sixth for the team, Jess in 10th place and Lauren in 12th.

Kristine Oelberger '01 challenged two Tufts runners in the final 200m of the race. She closed a 30 meter gap, sprinted by them and was able to hold off their persistant challenges to finish the race seventh behind Kim Walker. Erika Cohen '98 had a strong race finishing seventh for the team with teammates Tracy Lyford '00 and Ellen Humphrey '01 finishing within a second of Erika. All three in the top 20 in the 45 person race.

Improvement was apparent for many of the runners who had raced on the same course last Fall, but most significant were the performaces of the co-captains. Abby Phelps showed a 14 second improvement while Kim Walker improved her time by 30 seconds.

Team scores       Individual Scorers
Bates 30         3.  Adelia Myrick       19:49         
Tufts 39          4.  Abby Phelps         20:20
Smith 55	  6.  Kim Walker          20:59
                  7.  Kristine Oelberger  21:08
                  10. Jessica Young       21:25

UMass-Dartmouth Invitational, Sept. 20, 1997
- Junior Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) was second overall and the top Div. III finisher as the Bobcats finished fourth of 20 teams at UMass Dartmouth. Senior Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) placed 11th.
Team scores                 Bates Indiviual Finishes
Trinity         67           2. Adelia Myrick     18:29
Southern Conn.  76          11. Abby Phelps       19:03
Springfield     80          32. Kim Walker        19:51
Bates           129         43. Lauren Nally      20:18
MIT             131         44. Ellen Humphrey    20:19
Coast Guard     138         49. Kristen Oelberger 20:23

PreNational Meet at Franklin Park, Oct. 7, 1997 - Teams and individuals from all over the United State took part in the National Preview Invitational in Franklin Park, the site of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in November. Some teams were ranked in the top 25 nationally others were there to prove that they belonged on the list. Bates finished fifth in the meet which was won by Williams. Bates' effort was led by sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) who finshed third in 18:33 and was followed by senior Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) in 20th in 19:16. The next three scorers for Bates all set personal records. Senior co-captain Kim Walker (Hampton, N.H.) was 39th in 19:40, first-year runner Kristine Oelberger (Stowe, Mass.) was 59th in 20:04, and Jessica Young (Thetford, Vt.) was 65th in 20:12.
Top 10 Team scores (17 total)
1. Williams         64             
2. Moravian (PA)   103
3. Brandeis        133             
4. U Cal San Diego 148
5. Bates        186            
6. USM             187
7. Rhodes (TN)     188             
8. Ithaca (NY)     219
9. SUNY Platts     222             
10.Colby           229<

Individual Performances
 1. Tara Wartman        18:16 Moravian
 2. Farrell Burns       18:30 Colby
 3. Adelia Myrick       18:33 BATES
 4. Eleanore Anderson   18:35 USM
 5. Courtney Benningson 18:38 Williams
20. Abby Phelps         19:16
39. Kim Walker          19:40
59. Kristine Oelberger  20:04
65. Jess Young          20:12

State Meet at Southern Maine, Oct. 11, 1997 - Junior Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) won her second meet of the season, becoming the first Bates woman to ever win the State of Maine championship. Myrick won the third race of her career by seven seconds with a time of 19:04. The Bobcats finished in second place overall, 9 points behind Southern Maine for the team title. Bates had defeated the Huskies by just one point the week before and were running on USM's home course. Senior cocaptains Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) and Kim Walker (Hampton, N.H.) also finished in the top ten, placing fourth and eighth respectively. This marks Myrick's third career All-Maine team and Phelps' second. The top four teams in the meet were ranked in New England, with fourth-place Bowdoin in top 25 in the nation.

Team Results
USM	43		Individual Results:
Bates	52		1. Adelia Myrick	Bates	19:04
Colby	61		2. Eleanore Anderson	USM	19:11
Bowdoin 86		3. Farrell Burns	Colby	19:14
UNE    130		4. Abigail Phelps	Bates	19:45
UMPI   158		5. Penny Osborne	USM	19:50
ST. Jo	NS		6. Julie Lagin Nasse	USM	19:56
Westb.  NS		7. Jessica McLain	UNE	20:00
Unity	NS		8. Kim Walker		Bates	20:06
ME Mari NS		9. Jessica Gray		Bow	20:08
		  	10.Erin Lyman		Bow	20:12
			18.Kristine Oelberger	Bates	20:41
			21.Jessica Young	Bates	20:47

Open New England Championships at Franklin Park, Boston, Oct. 17, 1997 - In a deep Open New England championship field, the Bobcats finished tied for 16th out of 37 teams, tied for fourth with Colby among Division III teams. Junior Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) was the Bobcats' top runner once again, finishing 53rd overall in 18:36, sixth among Division III runner. Senior cocaptain Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) and Kim Walker (Hampton, N.H.) finished second and third for the Bobcats, respectively.

Teams of Interest           Bates Finishers
1. Providence 45            53. Adelia Myrick 18:36
11. Middlebury 332          78. Abby Phelps 18:56
12. Williams 332           106. Kim Walker 19:24
14. Springfield 431        150. Jessica Young 19:57
16. Colby 573              186. Kristine Oelberger 20:25
17. Bates 573       193. Ellen Humphrey 20:31
18. Maine 578              207. Erika Cohen 20:40
20. Southern Maine 588
21. Amherst 600
22. Bowdoin 614
26. Tufts 674

Bowdoin Invitational, Oct. 25, 1997 - Coach Carolyn Court rested most of her top runners and finished in second place at the Bowdoin Invitational. Bowdoin, with most of their top runners took the top four spots, followed by four Bobcats. Senior Amanda Bergstrom (Lakeway, Texas) took fifth place in 20:06, while first-year runner Ellen Humphrey (Lexington, Mass.) was sixth in 20:10 and junior Lauren Nally (South Dennis, Mass.) was seventh in 20:12.
Team scores        Bates Top 25 finishers
Bowdoin 18         5. Amanda Bergstrom 20:06
Bates 47           6. Ellen Humphrey 20:10
Colby 69           7. Lauren Nally 20:12
                  15. Kirsten Tilney 20:53
                  16. Tracy Lyford 20:56
                  20. Carly Tarr 21:44
                  23. Meghan Hickey 22:25
                  24. Paige Kobert 22:31

NESCAC Championships at Springbrook G.C., Nov. 1, 1997 - The Bobcats placed fifth at the 1997 NESCAC championships which they hosted, up from seventh a year ago. Junior Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) earned a third consecutive All-NESCAC honor with her 13th-place finish in a time of 19:39. Senior co-captains Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) and Kim Walker (Hampton, N.H.) just missed the All-Conference squad, finishing 15th and 17th respectively in 19:56 and 20:00.
Women's Team Scores:
Williams 48, Middlebury 69, Trinity 73, Colby 119, Bates 131 ,
Bowdoin 159, Tufts 183, Amherst 187, Hamilton 207, Wesleyan 273,
Connecticut College 350

Womens individual results:
Name				Time		School
 1. Cortney Bennigson		18:45		Williams
 2. Aimee Beaudreau		18:57		Bowdoin
 3. Katy Masselam		19:00		Middlebury
 4. Farrell Burns		19:06		Colby
 5. Cindy Manning		19:12		Tufts
 6. Yolanda Famino		19:14		Trinity
 7. Liz Worthy			19:23		Trinity
 8. Ellen Roh			19:27		Williams
 9. Kasie Wallace		19:30		Middlebury
10.Thania Benios		19:32		Trinity
11.Margaret Randall		19:36		Williams
12.Deborah Firsone		19:37		Williams
13.Adelia Myrick		19:39		Bates
14.Jessica Blake		19:44		Middlebury
15.Abigail Phelps		19:56		Bates
16.Lauren Krisko		19:58		Williams
17.Kim Walker		20:00		Bates
18.Dinelle Pineda		20:02		Amherest
19.Tara Woolford		20:06		Hamilton
20.Sonya Worthy			20:07		Trinity
21.Lara DuMond			20:08		Middlebury
22.Angenie McCleary		20:09		Middlebury
23.Kate Irvin			20:15		Middlebury
24.Amy Montemerlo		20:18		Colby
25.Christine Kennedy		20:19		Colby
39. Jessica Young		20:49		Bates
58. Kristine Oelberger		21:11		Bates
62. Ellen Humphrey		21:15		Bates
63. Lauren Nally		21:16		Bates

ECAC Championships at Westfield State, Nov. 8, 1997 - Holding most of their top runners out for theupcoming NCAA Regional meet, the Bobcats finished 19th out of 51 teams at the ECAC Championships. Leading the way for the Bobcats was senior Erika Cohen (Sharon, Mass.) who finished 74th in 20:32. Close behind her was sophomore Tracy Lyford (Portsmouth, N.H.) in 84th place in a time of 20:43.
Bates Finishers
Erika Cohen	 74th	20:32
Tracy Lyford	 84th	20:43
Amanda Bergstrom 121st	21:15
Courtney Elf 	 122nd	21:16*
Kirsten	Tilney   132nd	21:21
Megan Hickey	 145th	21:50*
Carly Tarr	 167th	22:16

* lifetime bests

New England Regional Championships at Southern Maine, Nov. 14, 1997 - Please see related press release.
NCAA Championships at Franklin Park, Nov. 22, 1997  - Please see related press release.
For further information, please contact 
Adam Levin, sports information director

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