Bowles leads Panthers to program-best team finish
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) posted her first ever sub-20:00.00 race to lead the Plymouth State University women's cross country team to a program-best 19th place finish at the Corsair Classic hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday.
Bowles finished the 5k race in 19:54.24, the first time she's eclipsed the 20-minute mark, while finishing 54th out of a field of over 300. In a race featuring eight of nine Little East Conference (LEC) schools, Bowles finished seventh among LEC competitors.
In addition to being a program best, the Panthers finished third among Little East competition.
Corsair Classic – Plymouth State 19th of 45 teams
How it Happened:
* Seniors Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) and Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) were the second and third Panthers to cross the finish line. Dennis took 75th with a time of 20:07.22, with Giguere just behind in 85th after a time of 20:16.47.
* Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) had a strong performance to finish in 21:24.35, good enough for 166th, while freshman Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) was the final point-scorer for PSU, taking 175th with a time of 21:33.96.
* The Panthers 540 points put them within striking distance of Little East rivals Keene State, which finished 11th with 448 points, and Eastern Connecticut State, which took 12th with 455 points.
Inside the Numbers:
* Senior Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.) and sophomore Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) finished 211th and 224th, while senior Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) posted a time of 23:12.19 to round out the Panthers' varsity race competitors.
* Bowles has been the top Panther finisher in both of her collegiate races to date.
* PSU finished ahead of Rhode Island College (22nd, 668 points), Southern Maine (25th, 706 points), UMass Dartmouth (33rd, 803 points), Castleton (34th, 830 points) and UMass Boston (40th, 1105 points) among LEC schools.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Today was a solid effort for our women," praised head coach John Ostler. "Across the board this was the fastest we've been this early in the year. Each woman did a nice job executing the race plan, going out conservatively but pushing in the middle section. Mia [DeMarco] stepped up big for us today as our fifth scorer."
* The Panthers are back on the course again in one week (Sept. 22) at the Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams College. The sub varsity race starts at 11:30 a.m., with varsity set for 1:00 p.m.
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