Brunnette, Bartlett shine against some of nation's best
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Seniors Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) turned in impressive performances as Plymouth State University finished 11th among a field of 16 of the top men's cross country programs in the region.
Eight of the ten teams finishing ahead of the Panthers entered the meet with top-10 regional rankings, while seven were ranked among the top-30 nationally.
Brunnette shined for the second straight week, finishing second overall in 25:50.0, while Bartlett turned in the best race of his career to place 14th in 26:28.6.
Purple Valley Classic – Plymouth State 11th of 16 teams
How it Happened:
* Sophomore Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) was the third Panther finisher, ending up 112th overall in 28:16.6.
Inside the Numbers:
* Brunnette finished less than six seconds off the pace of RPI's Sean O'Connor, who won the race in 25:44.7.
* PSU finished fifth among nine teams in the sub varsity 5k race. Junior Hunter Zabkar (Lee, N.H.) was the top Panther finisher, placing 38th in 18:19.0.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I'm proud of our guys for the confidence they showed while running in such a talented field," said head coach John Ostler. "They didn't give an inch even though they were rubbing shoulders with national powerhouses."
* PSU will enjoy a weekend off before heading to Westfield State for the James Earley Invitational on Oct. 6. The sub varsity race is set to begin at 10:30 a.m., with varsity scheduled at 11:15 a.m.
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