Brunnette and Bartlett lead Panthers with top 11 finishes
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's cross country team had another strong day on Saturday, placing 11th out of 38 teams at the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State University.
The Panthers had two runners in the top 11 among the 373 competitors, and moved up 18 places in the team standings from last year's 29th place finish.
Freshmen Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) led the Panthers in the 8K race. Brunnette finished the race in 26 minutes, 29 seconds to drop a second off his school record time and place ninth overall, while Bartlett was right behind in 11th place with a 26:40, just off his best time.
Senior David Martino (Laconia N.H.) made his season debut and ran a 28:12 to finish 76th, one spot ahead of Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.), who was 77th in 28:13. Freshman Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) moved up throughout the race to finish as PSU's fifth runner, placing 135th in 29:01.
PSU had strong performances throughout the line-up as junior Nat Smyth (Plymouth, N.H.), senior Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.), freshman Casey Real (Georgetown, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) all hit life time PRs.
"I was excited to see the team back in a race after a three-week long break," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "We had a plan to start conservative in the first mile and really hammer the middle part of the race. Everyone executed well and we did it in pairs and small groups. It's easier to stay focused in a race when you have teammates near you, our men really paired up well and that's what made use successful in the last two miles."
The Panthers compete again on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Emmanuel College Invitational.
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