In the six-team Wesleyan Invitational held in Middletown Sat., Sept. 25, Wesleyan and Bowdoin, ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, in the most recent New England regional poll, turned the event into a two-team battle. Bowdoin proved victorious by a narrow two-point margin. The teams were dead even after splitting the top eighth places as the Cardinals were led by Julia Mark '13 (right side photo) in second place and Libby Lazare '14 (left side photo) in third place. Julie Platt '12 grabbed sixth and Jessica Levin '11 was seventh. Thus both squads had 18 points awaiting the next finisher by either team. Bowdoin came up with the ninth-place spot to take the title. Completing Wesleyan's scoring five in 11th place was Tess Crain '12.
The fight for fifth place proved to be pivotal as Bowdoin got the critical spot by .25 seconds. Had Platt slipped past her nearest Bowdon rival, the teams would have finished in a tie with 28 points apiece. Conditions for the race were far from ideal with hot, humid weather. The times suffered as a result with a winning time of 19:42.62 for 5k. Mark was timed in 19:51.79 while Libby came through in 19:55.02.
Up next for the squad was a trip to Franklin Park in Boston for the annual New England Open meet Sat., Oct. 9. Mark again paced the Cardinals to the finish line, placing 58th of 322 entrants. Her time for 5k was 18:52. Lazare (146th, 19:43), Platt (160th, 19:54) and Levin (164th, 19:58) maintained their team order from the opening invitational while Nellie Triedman '13 (168th, 20:00) moved up into the fifth and final scoring slot for Wesleyan.
NESCAC was well-represented at New Englands as Middlebury placed third and Williams was sixth. Wesleyan was seventh among the NESCAC participants.
Up next for the squad, after a Saturday off, is the annual Little Three meet, this year at Wesleyan Sat., Oct. 23.
(photos by Ben Cohen '10)