Panthers to open season at Colby-Sawyer on Sept. 1
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The 2018 Plymouth State University men's and women's cross country schedules have been finalized, head coach John Ostler announced today.
Entering his fifth season at the helm, Ostler will look to continue the recent upward trend of both programs since their reinstatement in 2014.
Both squads will complete a five-meet schedule leading up to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championships and NCAA Regionals.
PSU kicks off the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1, joining Northern Vermont University – Lyndon (formerly Lyndon State College) at The Charger Classic hosted by Colby-Sawyer College.
The Panthers will enjoy a week off before competing in the Corsair Classic at UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 15, then close out the month of September at Williams College's Purple Valley Classic on Sept. 22.
Plymouth State travels to Westfield State for the James Earley Invitational on Oct. 6, then wraps up the regular season with the Bowdoin Invitational on Oct. 13.
Rhode Island College will serve as the host for the LEC Championships on Oct. 27. Last fall the Panther women impressed with a second place team finish after top-ten performances from junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.), senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) and junior Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.). The men took fourth at LEC's finishing just one point behind UMass Dartmouth. Juniors Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) finished first and seventh overall.
Ostler will look for some strong performances at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships at Bowdoin on Nov. 10. Last fall Brunnette and Bartlett both posted top-50 finishes for the men, with Brunnette capturing the regional championship and Bartlett finishing 41st. Freshman Julia Labbe (Turner, Maine) posted the top time for the Panther women, placing 158th among nearly 400 competitors.
The NCAA Division III National Championships will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Nov. 17. Brunnette was the lone Panther to compete at Nationals last fall, earning All-America honors with a 25th place finish.
Refer to athletics.plymouth.edu for the most current information regarding all 24 of Plymouth State's athletic programs, as schedules are subject to change.
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