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October 19, 2013

PSU Cross Country teams race at Western New England

Martino, Carten top finishers for Panthers

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's cross country teams turned in some strong runs Saturday at the Western New England University Invitational. The Panther men finished in 14th place out of 18 teams, while the Panther women wound up 17th out of 22 schools.

            Westfield State University edged Lyndon State College for the men's team title, while Salve Regina University claimed the women's title over runner-up Westfield State.  Lyndon State senior Kyle Powers was the winner of the men's 8K race, finishing in 26:01, six seconds ahead of Westfield State freshman Ben Parzich (26:07), and Endicott's Erin Haynes won the women's 5K race in 19:13, seven seconds ahead of Salve Regina freshman Victoria Varone  (19:20).

            The top finisher for PSU was junior Dave Martino (Laconia, N.H.), who placed 34th in the men's race, which included 190 runners. He finished the course in 28 minutes, 33 seconds.  Junior Evan Gaudette (Nashua, N.H./North) crossed the finish line in 60th place with a time of 29:29, and freshman Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) was the third Panther finisher, coming in 114th in 31:22.  Freshman Shawn Miller (Atkinson, N.H.) and sophomore Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.) were the Panthers' 4-5 finishers to account for the team scoring.

            Freshman Jen Carten (Etters, Pa.) ran a strong race for the Panther women and finished 56th among the 190 female competitors.  She finish the race in 21 minutes, 34 seconds. Senior Kara Comiskey (Dover, Mass.) was the next Panther across the line, coming in 105th in 23 minutes, 33 seconds.  Sophomores Krista Bouchard (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) and Cassidy Spencer (St. Francis, Maine) and junior Shannon Egan (Candia, N.H./Central) rounded out PSU's top five.

            The Panthers will compete again on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Little East Conference Championships and New England Alliance meet at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine.          

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