Bowles is Panthers' top finisher at 13th
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) finished 13th overall to lead the Plymouth State University women's cross country team to a fourth place team finish at the Little East Conference Championships at Bryant University on Saturday.
Keene State took the title with 55 points, while Eastern Connecticut State was a close second with 52 points. Rhode Island College, which served as the host school, rounded out the top three with 86 points, while the Panthers finished with 99.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (126 points), Southern Maine (138 points) and Castleton (148 points) took the fifth through seventh spots, while University of Massachusetts Boston (214 points) and Western Connecticut State (281 points) completed the field.
Bowles' finish was the best freshman performance at the championships in program history.
Little East Conference Championships – Plymouth State 4th of 9 teams
How it Happened:
* Bowles crossed the finish line in 20:59.4 to secure her 13th place finish.
* Senior Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) was the team's second fastest runner finishing 16th in 21:06.2, while junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) had the best race on the women's side finishing 20th in 21:26.7.
* Senior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) crossed the line just behind Burgess for 28th with a time of 21:40.8.
Inside the Numbers:
* PSU boasted three of the top four freshmen finishers. Bowles and DeMarco were the two fastest among rookies, while Molly Bragg (Concord, N.H.) was 37th, 30 seconds in back of RIC first-year Madisen Martin.
* Seniors Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine), Isabella Mongillo (Hamden, Conn.) and Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine) all competed in the final race of their careers. Marcus finished 50th, with Mongillo taking 57th and Allen in 63rd.
* The field featured a total of 78 runners.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I don't feel like we are a fourth place team, but that's what we were today," said head coach John Ostler. "Sometimes your competitors run well combined with bad weather and that really deflates your in-race confidence. I can't fault the effort and preparation. I'm very grateful to the senior women who ran their last race today. We've got two weeks to get in a little more work and end our season on a high note."
* The race marked the final competition for the majority of the team. Ostler is expected to select the seven runners who will represent Plymouth State at the NCAA Division III New England Regional in the coming days. The regionals are held at Bowdoin University in two weeks (Nov. 10).
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