PSU Women’s Cross Country takes third at Purple Valley 5K

PSU Women’s Cross Country takes third at Purple Valley 5K

Bowles, Dennis, Giguere all post top-15 finishes

            WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) and seniors Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) and Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) all posted top-15 finishes to lead the Plymouth State University women's cross country team to a third place finish in the 5k race at the Purple Valley Classic on Saturday afternoon.

            Bowles posted a 20:35.8 to take fifth, while Dennis and Giguere finished 13th and 14th, respectively.

            The Panthers knocked off a pair of regional rivals, topping Westfield State and Fitchburg State.


            The Basics:

            Purple Valley Classic – Plymouth State 3rd of 11 teams


            How it Happened:

            * Bowles continued her strong rookie campaign to finish fifth behind a trio of Williams runners. The Ephs are ranked third in the region and eighth nationally.

            * Dennis finished the hilly, muddy course in 21:22.9, while Giguere crossed the line in 21:28.3.

            * Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) and freshman Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) rounded out the point scorers for the Panthers, finishing 34th and 45th respectively.

            * Freshman Molly Bragg (Concord, N.H.) crossed the finish line in 22:42.4, just six seconds behind DeMarco, while senior Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.) took 52nd in 22:48.2.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * PSU exacted some revenge over Westfield State, topping the Owls after trailing them by 62 points at the Corsair Classic last Saturday.

            * The Panthers also finished ahead of Fitchburg State for the second straight weekend.

            * Seniors Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine), Isabella Mongillo (Hamden, Conn.) and Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine) and sophomore Jess Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) rounded out the field for PSU.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Aggressiveness was the key to a fine day for the women," said head coach John Ostler. "Beating Westfield State was a major goal for us. It shows improvement on our part from a week ago and it's always nice to get some payback."


            Up Next:

            * PSU will have two weeks to prepare for the James Earley Invitational. The Panthers head to Westfield State on Oct. 6, with the varsity race at 12:00 p.m. and sub varsity at 12:45 p.m.




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