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PSU Men’s Cross Country places 14th at Westfield State Invitational

PSU Men’s Cross Country places 14th at Westfield State Invitational

Panther runners Brunnette and Bartlett finish in top 20 among 432 competitors

            WESTFIELD, Mass. – It was another strong Saturday for Plymouth State University sophomore runners Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.). The Panther duo posted top-20 finishes among the 432 runners to lead the PSU men's cross country team at the 21st Annual James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State University.

            Brunnette finished eighth overall and Bartlett was 20th in the 8,000 meter race, Brunnette finishing in 25:48 and Bartlett in 26:14. They helped the Panthers finish in 14th place among the 41 competing schools.

            The race served as a preview to the New England regionals, which will be run there on Nov. 12. Two Panther runners posted career-best times in the race. 

THE BASICS

21st Annual James Earley Invitational, Stanley Park, Westfield, Mass. – Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Plymouth State – team score of 451 (14th place of 41 teams)

Top 5 teams:

Brandeis 68; Tufts 108, Norwich 189, Williams 204, Fitchburg State 207 

RACE HIGHLIGHTS

* Other scorers for PSU included freshman Noah Byington (Hanscomb AFB, Mass.), 95th in 27:46, senior Shawn Miller (Atkinson, N.H.), 193rd in 29:04; and freshman Jonathan Sawyer (Gloucester, Mass.), 214th in 29:23.

* Personal PRs were posted by Byington and fellow freshman Hunter Zabkar (Dover, N.H.)

* PSU outscored three teams that previously had finished ahead of them this year … Worcester State, Wentworth and Bridgewater State. 

NEXT RACE

PSU at 11th Annual Emmanuel Invitational, at Franklin Park, Boston, Friday, Oct. 14, 4:45 p.m. 

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