Behind strong performances by sophomore Colman Hatton and senior Scot McFarlane, the men's cross-country team took seventh at the 2008 NESCAC championships.

On a hilly 8K course at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Hatton ran to 16th place, with a time of 26:23. McFarlane was just behind at 26:37 in 25th place.

Competing without one of its top runners, Thompson Ogilvie '10, the team relied on its depth to place ahead of rival Maine schools Bates and Colby.

A group of three Polar Bears?Colin Ogilvie '12 and sophomores Sam Epstein and Charlie Berdahl?worked together throughout the race, taking 40th, 45th, and 50th places, respectively. Stan Berkow '11 followed up in 68th place.

The team now looks to regionals, which will be held at Williams on November 15.

A strong result there would qualify either the entire team or top individual finishers for NCAA Division III championships, held at Hanover College in Indiana on November 22.