PORTLAND, Maine - The Bowdoin College cross country teams opened their season at the USM Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Bowdoin senior Coby Horowitz took first place overall in the men's race to propel the Polar Bears to a third-place showing in the 19-team field. Lucy Skinner took fifth individually in the women's race to help the Polar Bears take eighth among 19 squads.
Horowitz continued his torrid pace dating back to last season as he captured his third-straight win in a regional race, following up on his NESCAC Championship and New England D-III titles to end last year. He finished the five-mile run in 25:11.51 to earn the top spot. Nicholas Saba (25:42.75) also earned a top-ten finish by placing seventh, followed by James Boeding (26:04.13, 14th), Matt Jacobson (26:30.04, 31st) and Nick Walker (26:34.01, 33rd). Bowdoin compiled 86 team points to finish just behind Bates (85) and first-place MIT (37).
Skinner captured her best collegiate finish with the fifth-place showing. The sophomore concluded the 5K course in a time of 18:24.23 to lead all Bowdoin finishers. Madelena Rizzo in 44th (19:24.06), Melissa DellaTorre in 71st (19:58.09) and Brenna Fischer in 73rd (20:02.26) were the next top Polar Bear competitors.
Bowdoin will return to action next weekend with its lone home event of the season- the Bowdoin Invitational - scheduled for the Pickard Cross Country Course beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the women's race and continuing with the men's race at noon.