PSU Women’s Cross Country takes fourth at Bowdoin Invitational

PSU Women’s Cross Country takes fourth at Bowdoin Invitational

Dennis leads three Panthers among top-35 racers 

            BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Plymouth State University women's cross country team earned a fourth place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

            Junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was the top Panther runner, taking 29th in a field of 136 racers. She posted a time of 20:40.9 for the 5k race, providing the team with stability in the top spot a week after taking first in the PSU Short Course Opener.

            Classmate Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) finished 34th and 35th, just two seconds apart (20:57.5, 20:59.6), to give PSU three top-35 finishers.

            Freshman Julia Labbe (Turner, Maine) earned a 44th place finish with a time of 21:17.7, and junior Ashley Bergeron (Berlin, N.H.) rounded out the top five Plymouth finishers with a time of 21:36.8.

            The Panther runners nearly missed a school record in the 1-5 split category with a difference of just 55 seconds. The team took a conservative approach through the first mile, allowing them to move up the field through the second half.

            "The women followed the race plan perfectly," said head coach John Ostler. "I gave them very conservative targets for the first mile so that we'd feel stronger in the second half. As a result, they were buried 20-30 spots from where they belonged, but they fought back. I can't wait to take the reins off this team and watch them race aggressively next week," he added.

            The team will hope for cooler, drier weather conditions next week when they travel to Williams College for the Purple Valley Classic. Race time is set for 1:00 p.m.



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