This weekend Bowdoin will  host the men and women’s NESCAC cross country championship.
The men’s team is seeded third for the championship and currently ranked 11th in the NCAA. Bates, ranked fourth, and Tufts, ranked seventh, are Bowdoin’s main competitors, as they have performed the best in the region throughout the September and October meets. Last weekend, the men lost to Bates 29-30. 
“I don’t know how Tufts will run on Saturday but I know we’ll be faster than we were at the Open New England’s,” said Coach Peter Slovenski, referring to Bowdoin’s 115-160 loss to Tufts on October 7.
The women’s team is seeded seventh for the meet in the NESCAC, which is the strongest D-III conference in women’s cross country. Based on the season so far, the Polar Bears will be in close competition with Colby, Wesleyan, and Bates to get in the top five or six this weekend, which would put them in the top-25 teams in D-III NCAA. 
Last year, the women’s placed sixth overall. However, the team suffered a major loss with the graduation of All-New England runner Anna Ackerman. 
“The women’s team hasn’t run our best race yet—we’ve been peaking toward this part of the season,” said Slovenski.
Bowdoin’s course is an excellent spectator course: the runners can be seen up to seven times from a single vantage point.