Giguere leads Panthers to best finish in program history
DORCHESTER, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's cross country team had a strong performance Friday in the final regular season race, placing sixth out of 22 teams at the Emmanuel College Invitational held in Franklin Park.
The sixth place is the top team finish for the Panthers since the women's cross country in 2013, with four of the top five runners coming from the freshman class.
Freshman Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) led the Panthers with a top 20 finish, placing 19th among the 201 runners. She covered the 5K course in 21 minutes, 22 seconds. Classmate Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was the next PSU woman across the finish line, taking 31st in a time of 21:50.
"Lora ran a steady race, passing 10-15 women from the half way mark to the finish," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "Haley had her best race of the year even though her time doesn't reflect it. "
The next three Panthers to come in were sophomore Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.), freshmen Ashley Bergeron (Berlin, N.H.) and Sydney Wacht (Nauset, Mass.). Goulette was 48th in 22:23, Bergeron came in 64th in 23:06, and Wacht crossed the line 69th in 23:16.
"Today was a good learning experience for our women, "said Ostler. "Franklin Park is famous for a big hill mid way through the race and we went out a little too cautious trying to keep some extra gas in the tank. Our women have a better understanding of their fitness now and we're ready to have our best race at Little East in two weeks."
The Panthers will compete in the Little East Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Keene State College. The Panthers will be looking to improve on last year's sixth place finish among seven teams.
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