GORHAM, Maine - The Bowdoin College cross country teams both posted second-place finishes at the 2012 Maine State Championships hosted by Southern Maine on Saturday.
Sam Seekins won the individual title on the men's side as Bowdoin placed three of the top four finishers, but were just edged by Bates 29-30. The women had a pair of runners in the top ten, led by Madelena Rizzo in fourth place, but also finished as a runner-up to the Bobcats, 38-61.
The victory was Seekins' second at USM this fall, as he also captured the season-opening USM Invitational race on September 15. On Saturday, he posted a time of 25:05 on the five-mile course, finishing just ahead of teammate Coby Horowitz, who took second in 25:08. Nicholas Saba was fourth in a time of 25:14. Despite having three of the top four finishers, Bates was able to take five of the top eight spots to barely edge the Polar Bears. Other strong finishers for Bowdoin included Gregory Talpey (11th, 25:51), James Boeding (12th, 26:04) and Kevin Hoose (14th, 26:07).
On the women's side, Rizzo continued her excellent season by leading the way in fourth place on the 5K track with a time of 18:24. Olivia MacKenzie was right behind in fifth place at 18:26. Other top finishers for the Polar Bears included Brianna Malanga (13th, 18:53), Lucy Skinner (19th, 19:18), Gina Stalica (21st, 19:21) and Maggie Bryan (24th, 19:25).
After an off-week, the Polar Bears will prepare to host the NESCAC Championship meet at the Pickard Field Cross Country Course on Saturday, October 27.