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November 2, 2013

PSU X-Country competes in championship race at USM

Panthers run against Little East and New England Alliance foes

            GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University men's and women's cross country teams competed in a championship race Saturday at the University of Southern Maine, as the Little East Conference Championships and the New England Alliance Championships were held at the Narragansett School.

            Both Panther squads placed sixth out of seven schools in the respective Little East Conference scoring, each finishing ahead of the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Keene State College captured both the men's and women's LEC championships with the University of Southern Maine coming in second.

            The PSU men placed 12th out of 15 teams and the women were 13th out of 15 schools in the New England Alliance scoring, which includes the seven teams from the LEC and eight teams from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Keene State and Southern Maine also finished 1-2 in both the men's and women's Alliance scoring.

            Junior Dave Martino (Laconia, N.H.) and freshman Jen Carten (Etters, Pa.) were the top Panther runners in the men's and women's races, respectively.  Martino covered the five-mile course in 28 minutes, 55 seconds, placing 30th out of 73 runners in the LEC scoring and 55th out of 161 in the Alliance scoring. Carten ran the 5K women's course in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 49 seconds, placing 33rd out of 75 runners in the LEC scoring and 43rd out of 158 in the Alliance results.

            Other top Panther runners in the men's race included junior Evan Gaudette (Nashua, N.H./North), who finished in 29:13 to place 39th in the LEC and 70th in the Alliance; freshman Shawn Miller (Atkinson, N.H.), who crossed the finish line in 30:05 to place 47th in the LEC and 89th in the Alliance; freshman Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.), who finished in 31:14 to place 53rd in the LEC and 108th in the Alliance; and freshman Colby LaBrie-Pregent (Keene, N.H.), who had a time of 32:27 to place 59th in the LEC and 121st in the Alliance.

            The other Panther women who contributed to the scoring included senior Kara Comiskey (Dover, Mass.), who completed the course in 22:58 to place 60th in the LEC scoring and 104th in the Alliance results; junior Megan Celley (Peabody, Mass.), who lowered her best time by over a minute to 24:20 and placed 64th in the LEC and 122nd in the Alliance; sophomore Krista Bouchard (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) .H.), who crossed the finish line in 25:29 to place 67th in the LEC and 134th in the Alliance; and sophomore Cassidy Spencer (St. Francis, Maine), who ran a 26:04 to take 70th in the LEC and 138th in the Alliance.

            The Panther teams will race again next Saturday at the ECAC Championships at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.

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