Panthers move up 11 spots from last year's race
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's cross country team turned in a solid performance Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational, placing 18th among 41 schools.
The Panthers, whose top six runners were freshman, improved 11 spots from last year's 29th place team finish. PSU finished just three spots behind Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University and two places behind LEC foe UMass Dartmouth. Brandeis University won the men's team title, with East Stroudsburg second and Connecticut College third.
The Panthers were led by freshmen Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.), who placed 39th and 43rd, respectively, among the 324 runners. Brunnette covered the five-mile course in 26 minutes, 30 seconds, while Bartlett ran a 26:38.
The next four Panthers across the finish line were freshmen Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.), Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.), Casey Real (Georgetown, Mass.) and Cameron Atherton (Rowley, Mass.), all with career-best times. Pavao improved on his first collegiate race and finished 106th, while Saunders, Real and Atherton placed 194th, 207th, and 213th, respectively.
"The men made an effort to run aggressively today and it paid off," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "They weren't scared to get out hard in the first mile. They knew that they could hang tough in the middle miles and close the race hard."
The Panthers compete again on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Keene State College Invitational.
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