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November 16, 2013

PSU X-Country wraps up season at NCAA Regional Championships

Panthers run strong times in inaugural season finale

            GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University men's and women's cross country teams finished their inaugural season at the varsity level Saturday with some strong runs at the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at the Narragansett School.

            The Panthers posted some of their best times of the year, but it did not show up on the scoreboard.  PSU posted respectable showings for a first-year program, placing 44th out of 50 teams in the men's scoring and 48th out of 53 teams in the women's scoring.

            Junior Dave Martino (Laconia, N.H.) was Plymouth State's top finisher, placing 175th out of the 366 competitors in the men's race.  He covered the 8,000 meter course in 28 minutes, eight seconds, shaving 47 seconds off his time on the same course at the Little East Conference Championships two weeks ago.

            Freshman Shawn Miller (Atkinson, N.H.) finished a stellar rookie season with a time of 29 minutes, 11 seconds, bettering his time by a whopping 54 seconds on the same course two weeks ago and placing 238th. Junior Evan Gaudette (Nashua, N.H./North) was right on Miller's heels, placing 240th and finishing in 29:12, one second better than his previous time on the course.

            Sophomore Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.) had the team's biggest drop in time on the USM course with a 31:21, almost a minute and a half better than the LEC meet. Freshman Colby LaBrie-Pregent (Keene, N.H.) pushed Lindberg and posted a personal-best time of 31:38. Also competing for PSU were freshmen Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) and Rocco Repetto (Woodstock, N.H./Lin-Wood).

            The women's team was led by freshman Jen Carten (Etters, Pa.), who posted a school record of 25:19 for the 6,000 meter distance and placed 208th out of 371 runners. Senior Kara Comiskey (Dover, Mass.) and junior Megan Celley (Peabody, Mass.) were neck and neck and finished with times of 27:43 and 27:44, respectively, with both finishing with career-best times.

            Sophomore Cassidy Spencer (St. Francis, Maine) and junior Shannon Egan (Candia, N.H.) also posted personal-best times of 30:06 and 33:19, respectively, while sophomore Krista Bouchard (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) finished in 30:51, just a few second off a personal best.

            The Panthers were led in their first season by former Panther All-American and PSU Athletic Hall of Famer, head coach Dave Severance.

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