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October 12, 2013

PSU Cross Country teams run at Westfield State Invitational

Martino, Comiskey top finishers for Panthers

            WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University cross country teams faced some outstanding competition Saturday at the 18th Annual James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State University.

            The Panther men finished 26th out of 35 teams in the 8,000 meter race, while the Panther women came in 35th out of 38 teams. Host Westfield State outran the competition in the men's race, finishing ahead of runner-up Siena College and third-place Williams College, while Williams captured the women's team title, finishing ahead of second-place Southern New Hampshire University and third-place College of Saint Rose.

            Juniors Dave Martino (Laconia, N.H.) and Evan Gaudette (Nashua, N.H./North) were solid finishers for PSU in the men's race.  Martino ran a personal-best time of 28 minutes, 54 seconds, to finish in 110th place, while Gaudette was just 10 seconds back, finishing in 122nd in 29:04. There were 347 men's runners who completed the course.

            The rest of the Panther men to earn a spot on the score sheet included freshman Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) in 213th place (30:55), sophomore Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.) in 282nd place (33:31), and freshman Rocco Repetto (Woodstock, N.H.) in 287th (33:56).

            The top finisher for the PSU women was senior Kara Comiskey (Dover, Mass.), who came in 229th place among the 361 female runners.  She covered the course in 23 minutes, 41 seconds.  Sophomore Cassidy Spencer (St. Francis, Maine) and freshman Jen Carten (Etters, Pa.) came in 289th and 290th, respectively, in times of 25:18 and 25:24.  The other two Panther women to fill out the Panther line-up in the team scoring were sophomore Krista Bouchard (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) and junior Shannon Egan (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central).

            The Panther runners will be racing again next Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Western New England Invitational in Springfield, Mass.          

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