Brunnette takes second in field of 105 racers
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Plymouth State University men's cross country team took third place among a field of nine teams at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) was finished second overall, finishing the 8k race in a time of 26:09.5, just 12 seconds behind Bowdoin's Ben Torda, a national qualifier in the steeplechase last spring.
Head coach John Ostler was pleased with the Panthers finish in a race against some of the region's best teams. With race time temperatures in the 80s, Brunette started conservatively but made a move in the race's last mile to break away from the field.
"I was proud of the team today," said Ostler. "This was as complete a team effort as I've seen for these guys. Given the heat and this being the first 8k of the year, our men had every reason to be timid today. Instead, they attacked the first mile and the results were positive for it."
Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) finished eighth overall with a time of 27:06.9, while freshmen Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) and Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) performed well in their first collegiate races. Cryan finished in 20th place in 28:10.9, with Wolf just six seconds behind to take 23rd.
Junior Chaim Tendler (Manchester, N.H.) stepped up big as the fifth scorer for the Panthers, finishing in a time of 28:56.8 for a 31st overall.
"Great job by Chaim today," added Oster. "He seized an opportunity to have his teammates back."
Plymouth State will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 23) when the team travels to Williams College for the Purple Valley Classic. The race is set to start at 12:10 p.m.
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