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Brunnette captures title for PSU Men’s Cross Country at Keene State Inv.

Brunnette captures title for PSU Men’s Cross Country at Keene State Inv.

Bartlett close behind in fifth as Panthers place fourth out of eight

            KEENE, N.H. – Sophomore Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) captured the individual title at the Keene State College Invitational men's cross country race Saturday morning, leading Plymouth State University to a fourth-place finish among the eight competing schools.

            Brunnette ran in a group of four runners for 4.5 miles before making a decisive move and pulling away for a comfortable victory among the 78 runners in the race. He finished the five-mile cross country course in 25 minutes, 42 seconds, averaging 5:11 per mile. Classmate Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) was not far behind and finished in fifth place in 26:03. 

THE BASICS

Keene State College Invitational, Keene, N.H. – Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Plymouth State – team score of 85 (4th place of 8 teams)

Top 5 teams:

Fitchburg State 50; Colby-Sawyer 58, Keene State 61, Plymouth State 85, Southern Vermont 116

RACE HIGHLIGHTS

* PSU's three other scorers ran personal best times -- freshman Noah Byington (Hanscomb AFB, Mass.), 20th in 27:49; junior Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.), 24th in 27:59; and freshman Jonathan Sawyer (Gloucester, Mass.), 35th in 29:08.

* The Panthers also got personal bests from freshmen Trevor Campbell (Coventry, R.I.) and Hunter Zabkar (Dover, N.H.)

*The team's 1-5 average time (27:20) is a school record by :15 

NEXT RACE

PSU at James Earley Invitational, Westfield State (Mass.), Saturday, Oct. 8, 12 noon.

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