OBERLIN, Ohio -- The No. 17 nationally ranked Bates men's cross country team placed fifth out of 39 teams at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday in a strong performance at Oberlin College.
The Bobcats, ranked No. 3 in New England by the USTFCCCA, outraced nine other regionally ranked teams as well as two nationally ranked squads in No. 15 John Carroll (9th) and No. 34 Trine (13th).
No. 21 Berea won the meet with 75 points, followed by No. 11 Otterbein (109), No. 29 Case Western Reserve (125) in third, No. 23 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (147) in fourth and Bates close behind in fifth (159).
Only 35.3 seconds separated Bates' top five runners, the fourth-narrowest spread of the race.
Sophomore Bart Rust (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with an 11th-place finish out of 339 runners overall, covering the 8-kilometer course in 25:00.2.
First-year Eli Boesch-Dining (Concord, N.H.) placed 28th in 25:17.4, and was followed in the team scoring by senior captain Justin Levine (Boca Raton, Fla.) in 38th (25:26.3), junior Tucker Barber (Wilton, Maine) in 42nd (25:33.0) and junior captain Ryan Nealis (London, England) in 43rd place (25:35.2).
Displacers for the Bobcats were sophomore Henry Raff (Hailey, Idaho) in 89th place (26:06.1) and sophomore Jackson Donahue (Princeton, N.J.) in 97th (26:10.7), followed one place behind by sophomore Nic Stathos (Wellesley, Mass.) at 26:12.026:17.5.
The Bobcats will next compete in the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Williams College on Nov. 2 at Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown, Mass., with race start at 12pm.