PSU Women’s Cross Country posts program-best finish at Earley Invitational

PSU Women’s Cross Country posts program-best finish at Earley Invitational

Panthers set multiple career-best times

            WESTFIELD, Mass. – Three different runners set new career best times as the Plymouth State University women's cross country team earned a program-best seventh place finish at the 23rd Annual James Earley Invitational at Stanley Park on Saturday.

            Senior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) stepped up with a new career best time (19:37.42), topping her previous mark by six seconds, to lead the Panthers with a 22nd place individual finish. Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) also set a PR, finishing 28th in 19:45.83.

            The Panthers finished with 234 points, just ahead of Rhode Island College (268 points) for seventh. PSU also finished ahead of Little East Conference competitors University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (375 points), University of Massachusetts Boston (540 points) and Western Connecticut State University (777 points).


            The Basics:

            James Earley Invitational – Plymouth State 7th of 29 teams


            How it Happened:

            * Dennis was the top Panthers' finisher, with Bowles not far behind.

            * Senior Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) finished just one second off her season best time to take 51st in 20:17.73.

            * Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) had a great race, finishing 57th in 20:28.88, while freshman Molly Bragg (Concord, N.H.) was Plymouth's final point scorer. She finished 93rd in 21:20.82.

            * Sophomore Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) and seniors Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) all turned in season best times.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Bagley's time was a new career-best, while Marcus shaved 1:07 off her previous season-best time.

            * Bragg's time was 17 seconds faster than her previous race.

            * Several Panthers also performed well in the sub varsity race. Sophomore Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) set a season best time by one full minute to place 34th, while classmate Jamie Hazel (Saunderstown, R.I.) took 43rd in her first race of the year.

            * Seniors Isabella Mongillo (Hamden, Conn.) and Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine) also posted season-best times. Mongillo crossed the finish line in 23:07.80, while Allen topped her previous season-best performance by 40 seconds.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Our theme this week was taking risks in the first mile," said head coach John Ostler. "We have been working out great and the team needed to be assertive to translate that to good race results. They did a nice job running bravely and it paid off for the majority of our group."


            Up Next:

            * The Panthers close the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 13) at the Bowdoin Invitational.




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