Dennis finishes tenth as six Panthers place in the top 30
FRANKLIN PARK, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's cross country team took home second place among 22 teams while competing at the Emmanuel College Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was the top Panther finisher, taking tenth place overall with a time of 20:07 for the 5K run.
Plymouth State had some excellent grouping as the top six PSU runners all finished within 52 seconds of one another. Senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) finished in a time of 20:33, then freshman Julia Labbe (Turner, Maine), junior Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and freshmen Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) and Jordan Stackhouse (Wakefield, Mass.) all finished between 20:49 and 20:59.
"Our team depth was on full display today," said head coach John Ostler. "I felt very good watching our 3-6 runners finish within ten seconds of each other. Running in tight groups is a hallmark of our team. Today that grouping was exceptional. Hopefully we can replicate that again two more times this season."
Goulette's time was good enough for 17th, with Labbe (23rd), Giguere (26th), Burgess (27th) and Stackhouse (28th) all placing in the top 30 in a field of 210 runners.
PSU also got strong performances from junior Ashley Bergeron (Berlin, N.H.), who finished 39th in 21:23, and classmate Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.), whose time of 21:35 was good enough for 47th.
Gordon College took home the team title, earning 66 points. The Panthers were second with 93 points, with Roger Williams (100 points), Endicott College (119 points) and the host Saints (123 points) rounding out the top five. UMass Boston, PSU's only conference opponent at the race, finished 16th with 460 points.
PSU also took second place in this race last fall.
The Panthers will be off for two weeks to prepare for the Little East Championships hosted by Keene State College on Saturday, Oct. 28. Start time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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