BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Maine State Championship on Saturday at the Pickard Cross Country course.

The Polar Bear men won their first state title since 2013.

Bowdoin totaled 29 points to cruise to the state title, easily out-pacing Bates (56) and Colby (70) in the 12-team field.

Overall, Bowdoin placed four of the top nine finishers to cruise to the victory. Sean MacDonald finished first in a time of 25:11.2 on the 8K track, taking the victory by 15 seconds. Connor Rockett took fifth in 25:40.3, followed by Naphtali Moulton in sixth (25:42.9) and Andrew McGowan in ninth (26:09.8). Alec Ferguson-Hull rounded out the top-five Bowdoin performers in 17th place with a time of 26:37.0.

The Bowdoin women placed third as Bates captured the title with 25 points, with Colby in second with 56. Bowdoin finished with 66 points.

Julia O’Rourke was the top Bowdoin finisher, placing 14th among individual competitors overall, finishing the 6K race in 23:18.8. Delaney Bullock was 17th (23:24.2), followed by Sarah Hanson in 20th (23:26.8). Erin Hollenbaugh (34th, 23:57.3), Abby Osmanski (38th, 24:11.2) and Martha Boben (39th, 24:13.7) rounded out the top Bowdoin finishers.

The Bowdoin men and women compete this upcoming Saturday in the Open New England Championships in Boston.

Women’s tennis

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Polar Bears performed well in their most competitive outing of the fall season — the ITA New England Regional this weekend at Williams College.

Julia Marks won a trio of matches, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over seventh-seeded Patricia Obeld of Tufts before falling to top-seeded Victoria Wu of Wesleyan, 6-2, 6-3.

Devon Wolfe won two matches to reach the third round, claiming a pair of straight-set wins, including a 6-0, 6-3 win over Middlebury’s Ruhl Kamdar.

In doubles play, Bowdoin’s duo of Tasha Christ and Rachel Bercovitch won a first-round match, 8-5, before falling to Wesleyan’s top-seeded pairing in the second round.

The Polar Bears will host the Bowdoin Invitational in two weeks, Oct. 12 at Pickard Courts.

Men’s soccer

BRUNSWICK —  Matty McColl converted on a tie-breaking penalty kick in the 74th minute to lift the Polar Bears to a 2-1 win over visiting Thomas College on Monday afternoon.

Bowdoin climbed to 5-3 after handing the Terriers just their second loss (9-2) of the season.

The home team controlled play in the first half, outshooting the Terriers, 13-5, but neither team was able to convert. Chris Kingston shut down a promising Thomas bid in the 39th minute, challenging a 50/50 ball with a sliding stop.

The Polar Bears broke through 1:08 into the second half. Justin Miller serviced Drake Byrd with a cross, setting Byrd up for a midair volley to best Thomas keeper Jonathan Dutka.

MacQuille Walker nearly put Thomas on the board three minutes later with a close range shot the curled just beyond the opposite side post.

The Terriers evened the game in the 55th minute. Following a corner kick, the ball rattled around in the box before Kyle Patterson trapped it and fed a short pass to Adam LaBrie at the top. LaBrie put a quick touch on the ball to skim a shot through the defense.

McColl gave Bowdoin its final lead of the day with a successful penalty kick in the 74th minute.

Dutka ended the day with 11 saves in net for the Terriers, while Kingston made four stops for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin held a 25-10 shot advantage and 10-3 edge in corner kicks.

Bowdoin returns to conference play with a home game against Trinity on Saturday at noon.

Athletes honored

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin junior outside hitter Caroline Flaharty has been named the NESCAC Volleyball Player of the Week.

Flaharty posted double-doubles in two NESCAC road wins over Williams (3-2) and Hamilton (3-1). She averaged 3.1 kills and 3.3 digs per set, totaled 12 kills and 15 digs against the Ephs, and 17 kills and 15 digs against the Continentals. She also had five service aces versus Hamilton.

For the season, Flaharty is part of a balanced Bowdoin attack and is averaging 2.95 kills and 2.70 digs per set.

The Polar Bears are off to a 13-1 start to the campaign and will host Salem State College  tonight at 7 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium.

Senior Sean MacDonald has been named the NESCAC Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week.

MacDonald led the Polar Bears to their first Maine State Championship title since 2013, completing the 8K course in a time of 25:11.2 to finish first overall. He is also the seventh Polar Bear to win the race in the last 10 years.

The Polar Bears return to action this weekend at the Open New England Championship in Boston.

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