Martino leads Panther men, Carten tops Panther women
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's cross country teams, competing in their first season at the varsity level, made a respectable showing Saturday the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships held at Colt State Park.
There were 36 men's teams and 47 women's teams competing at the meet, with 327 runners in each of the two races. Plymouth State finished in 29th place in the men's team scoring while the women wound up 41st.
Williams College outraced Tufts University to capture the men's team championship while Middlebury College edged Williams to claim the women's title. The top Little East Conference teams were from Keene State as the Owls finished ninth in the men's scoring and 12th in the women's.
Junior Dave Martino (Laconia, N.H.) was again the top Panther finisher. Martino covered the 8K men's course in 28 minutes, 4 seconds, averaging 5:38 per mile to place 99th. Junior Evan Gaudette (Nashua, N.H./North) was 50 seconds behind, finishing in 28:54 while freshman Shawn Miller (Atkinson, N.H.) just got in under the 30-minute mark in 29:49. The next two Panthers to count in the team scoring were freshman Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.), who finished in 30:37, and sophomore Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.), who had a time of 31:34.
Freshman Jen Carten (Etters, Pa.) was the first Panther woman to cross the finish line, running the 6K course in 25 minutes, 59 seconds and averaging 6:58 per mile. The next Panther finisher was senior Kara Comiskey (Dover, Mass.), who came across in 28:40, followed by junior Megan Celley (Peabody, Mass.), who finished in 29:19, sophomore Krista Bouchard (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) .H.), who crossed the finish line in 30:42, and sophomore Cassidy Spencer (St. Francis, Maine), who ran the course in 31:11.
The Panther teams have one more race in their inaugural season, next Saturday at the NCAA Regional Championships held at the University of Southern Maine. The PSU runners posted several career-best times last week when they ran on the USM course for the Little East Conference Championships.
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