Brunnette, Bartlett lead Panthers to program-best finish
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Seniors Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) posted top-three finishes to lead Plymouth State University to a program-best fourth place finish at the 23rd Annual James Earley Invitational Meet at Stanley Park on Saturday.
Brunnette continued his torrid start to the year finishing first in 25:08.60, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the next closest challenger, while Bartlett posted a season-best time of 25:43.80.
Trinity College earned the team win with 64 points, with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (84 points) and Norwich University (108 points) rounding out the top three. PSU finished ahead of LEC rivals University of Massachusetts Boston and Rhode Island College.
James Earley Invitational – Plymouth State 4th of 29 teams
How it Happened:
* Although Brunnette and Bartlett set the tone, PSU also got strong races out of all of its competitors, with each racer placing in the top 90 among a field of more than 210.
* Sophomore Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) continued his strong season as the third point-scorer for the Panthers, finishing 33rd with a time of 27:21.67.
* Junior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) posted a time of 27:33.59 to finish 38th, less than five seconds off his season best time.
* Sophomore Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) was the final point-scorer, taking 58th in 28:15.75.
* Senior Chaim Tendler (Manchester, N.H.) finished in a season best time of 28:24.18 to take 67th, while freshman Matt Lyle (Loudon, N.H.) and junior Hunter Zabkar (Lee, N.H.) both crossed the finish line with career-best performances. Lyle finished 82nd in 28:47.48, with Zabkar taking 89th in 29:02.99.
Inside the Numbers:
* In three races this fall, Brunnette has two first place finishes and one second place finish.
* Zabkar had a great individual race, destroying his previous career-record by more than 50 seconds.
* Juniors Trevor Campbell (Coventry, R.I.) and Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.), and freshmen Kyle Mau (Dover, N.H.), Ian Miller (Arlington, Mass.) and Randall Scroggins (Rumney, N.H.) ran a strong team race for a fifth place finish in the sub varsity meet.
* Campbell finished 11th, with Mau just behind him in 13th. Belanger ended 21st, and Miller (23rd) and Scroggins (71st) rounded out the PSU runners.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We came up a little short of our goal of a top-three team finish," said head coach John Ostler. "We've had a tough week of training because we're focused on a month from now. The best teams get the job done even when the legs are a little tired. We're closing the gap on UMass Dartmouth and are looking forward to getting another crack at them and Norwich in November.
* Plymouth State wraps up the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 13) at the Bowdoin Invitational.
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