PSU Women’s Cross Country places 18th at Westfield State race

PSU Women’s Cross Country places 18th at Westfield State race

Giguere leads Panthers with school-record time

            WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's cross country team had another solid day on Saturday, placing 18th out of 39 teams at the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State University.

            The Panthers continue to show improvement over last season, including moving up 17 places in the team standings from last year's 35th place finish.

            Freshmen Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) were the top runners for the Panthers, placing 60th and 86th, respectively, among the 409 runners in the race. Giguere covered 5K course in a school-record time of 20 minutes, 29 seconds while Dennis finished in a personal best 20:53.

            PSU's third and fourth runners also posted lifetime best times. Junior Sarah Uhlman (Ashland, Mass.), who placed 101st in 21:06, dropped 15 seconds off her time from this race last year and sophomore Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.), who was 125th in 21:26, shaved off 48 seconds from last year at Westfield. Freshman Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.) was a solid fifth runner for PSU, finishing in 22:20.

            All but one person on the women's team had season best times today.

            "All of our women stepped up today," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "We've been having good results in our workouts so I was expecting improvement but this exceeded my highest hopes. I'm really proud of Lora. She knew today was her best opportunity to record a fast time. She was aggressive at the start and never let up."

            The Panthers compete again on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Emmanuel College Invitational.

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