Bartlett takes fifth in Panthers' final tune-up before Little East Championships
FRANKLIN PARK, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's cross country team earned a fourth place team finish among 23 teams at the Emmanuel College Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) was the fifth racer to cross the finish line, completing the 8K course in 26:42.
Freshman Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) posted a time of 28:13 to finish 21st, with junior Chaim Tendler (Manchester, N.H.) just five seconds behind in 23rd place. Freshman Keegan Flynn (Tewksbury, Mass.) and sophomore Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) rounded out the point scorers for the Panthers, finishing in 28:57 (47th place) and 29:10 (57th place) respectively.
Sophomore Trevor Campbell (Coventry, R.I.) and freshman Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) were both less than 10 seconds behind Byington, with senior Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) not far behind with a time of 29:54. Freshman John Agli (Coventry, R.I.) and freshman Dylan Guinard-Taylor (Concord, N.H.) were the final two finishers for PSU, posting times of 30:46 and 31:37.
"Our 10-7 runners had an opportunity to step up today with a couple scorers out," said head coach John Ostler. "Trevor Campbell and Keegan Flynn took that to hear, running their best races of the year."
Wentworth Institute of Technology cruised to the team title, with four runners in the top eleven. The Leopards 32 points were well ahead of second place finisher Colby-Sawyer College (100 points). Roger Williams (113 points), PSU (133 points) and Endicott College (135) rounded out the top five. UMass Boston, the only other Little East Conference (LEC) school competing, took sixth place with 141 points.
PSU showed significant improvement from last year. Although Bartlett took the individual title in 2016, the team finished in tenth place with 270 points.
"Our race strategy today was to run a relaxed first mile-and-a-half and move on the hills. I thought we executed well and many of the guys had season bests as a result," added Ostler.
The Panthers will have a two full weeks off before competing in the Little East Championships hosted by Keene State College on Saturday, Oct. 28, with race time set for 11:00 a.m.
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