Panthers place 21st among national powerhouses
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's cross country team performed well at the Williams College Purple Valley Classic hosted by Mount Greylock High School on Saturday, earning a 21st place team finish among a field of 10 nationally ranked teams and a number of northeast regional powerhouses.
"This race marks a good end to the first part of our season," said head coach John Ostler. "Our ladies established themselves as a better team than we were last year."
Junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was the top PSU runner after earning a 133rd place finish, completing the 6K course in a time of 25:31.9. Freshman Julia Labbe (Turner, Maine) was the second fastest among the Panther runners (25:58.4), with junior Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.), senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) and junior Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.) rounding out the top five.
"Haley Dennis has established herself as the top runner over the first three races and she solidified that spot with her finish," added Ostler. "Overall the women were successful because they got out hard in the first mile and hung tough late in the race. Danielle Ahern stepped up as the fifth runner. We're more balanced and resilient than in previous years and we're seeing the results, finishing ahead of teams that handled us last year."
The Panthers finished ahead of regional competitors Norwich University, Colby-Sawyer College, St. Joseph's College of Maine and Green Mountain College.
"I was proud of our women for getting out hard in the first mile and using the quality of the field to pull us along," added Ostler. "Racing confident was a theme for us this week."
The Plymouth State runners are off for a week before traveling to Westfield State University for the James Earley Invitational on Saturday, October 7. Start time is 12:00 p.m.
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