Coby Horowitz '14 and Olivia MacKenzie '13 led the cross country teams to third- and fourth-place finishes at the inaugural Maine Cross Country Invitational last weekend.

The teams began their seasons on Saturday at Pickard Field, as both squads were eager for their home opener. Horowitz was Bowdoin's fastest male finisher in the 8K course, with a time of 25:33.19, good for seventh overall. Sophomores Sam Seekins and Nick Saba finished 10th and 11th, respectively, with captain Matt Hillard '12 just behind Saba. Fellow captain Colin Ogilvie '12, James Boeding '14 and Greg Talpey '14 rounded out Bowdoin's top seven.

Hillard noted the team's impressive depth this year, with "12 or 13 runners competing for the top seven spots." During the entire race there were at least eight or nine Bowdoin runners within the top 25, and the team's top six finishers completed the course within 33 seconds of one another.

The women's team also did well in its Saturday race. MacKenzie asserted herself right from the opening gun, running in the lead pack for much of the race to finish fifth on the 6K course with a time of 22:23.90. Madelena Rizzo '14, captain Anna Ackerman '12, Chantal Croteau '12, Molly Porcher '13, Natalie Smid '15 and Melissa DellaTorre '14 rounded out the rest of the top seven.

Captain Lindsay Horowitz '12 was impressed by Rizzo's presence in the lead pack.

"Madelena did super well," she said. "Last year she was more of a top seven runner, but this year she has established herself as one of the top three. It just shows that she has worked really hard."

Horowitz was also generally surprised by the first years' performances.

"None of [them] had ever run a 6,000 meter race before," she said. "Our goal is always to run each mile faster than the previous, but on Saturday, the plan was to gain more of a feel for the course and get ready for the Regionals race."

-Compiled by Andrés Botero.