Panther freshman is runner-up as team finishes fourth
BIDDEFORD, Maine – Freshmen Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) both placed in the top five Saturday morning as the Plymouth State University men's cross country team finished a solid fourth overall among 17 teams at the University of New England Invitational in the season debut.
Brunnette finished the 8K course in a school-record time of 27 minutes, 40 seconds, placing second overall, nearly a minute behind the winner, Damon Kilgore of Gordon College. Bartlett was not far back, crossing the line in fifth place in 28 minutes, two seconds. Brunette's runner-up finish and PSU's fourth-place were both high marks since PSU reinstated men's cross country in 2013.
Host UNE took the team title with a score of 38 points. Wentworth placed second with 87 points, with Endicott College (101), PSU (131) and Gordon (141) rounding out the top five. The Panthers finished ninth at UNE in last year's race.
PSU's top five runners were all freshmen, as the next three across the finish line were Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.), Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) and Cameron Atherton (Rowley, Mass.), who placed 33rd, 44th, and 47th, respectively. There were 164 runners in the race.
The Panthers compete again next Saturday at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.
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