Bowles sets school record in season's first 6K race
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) set a new program record and the top three runners for the Plymouth State University women's cross country team turned in great performances as the Panthers finished third at the Bowdoin College Invitational on Saturday.
Bowles finished seventh overall with a new school-record time, finishing the 6K course in 23:59.0. Seniors Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) also ran great races despite the muddy, cold conditions. Giguere finished ninth in 24:13.2, with Dennis right on her heels to take tenth in 24:14.5.
The host Polar Bears won the team title with 20 points, while Little East Conference rival Keene State was second with 61. PSU, with 74 points, rounded out the top three.
Bowdoin College Invitational (6K) – Plymouth State 3rd of 8 teams
How it Happened:
* PSU's fourth through seventh finishers all crossed the line within 22 seconds of one another.
* Sophomores Jess Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) and Jamie Hazel (Saunderstown, R.I.) and seniors Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) and Danielle Ahern (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished in a tight cluster. Ewing was 54th in 26:46.4 with Marcus right behind her in 26:48.9.
* Hazel finished 57th in 26:54.2, while Ahern was 60th with a time of 27:06.8.
Inside the Numbers:
* Bowles' time topped the program mark previously held by Julia Labbe by two full seconds.
* Dennis shaved nearly 30 seconds off her previous personal record.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our top three is on fire," said head coach John Ostler. "They're running as well as the top end of our team ever has. I always worry about the women running scared in the first 6K of the year. Not today. We had tactically sound races up and down the roster. Kim [Bowles] keeps astounding me. She is a fearless racer."
* PSU will take a week off to get ready for the upcoming Little East Conference Championships on Saturday (Oct. 27). The championship meet, hosted by Rhode Island College, will take place on the campus of Bryant University. The women start at 3:00 p.m.
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