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.
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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