Bowles posts program-best finish for Panthers
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) posted the best finish of any female runner in Plymouth State University women's cross country history at the NCAA Division III New England Region Cross Country Championships hosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday.
Bowles finished 116th in a field of more than 400 racers as the Panthers put together one of their most complete races of the season.
As a team, PSU finished 27th in the field of 57 teams with 872 points. MIT took the team title with 87 points. The Panthers were third among Little East Conference teams.
NCAA Division III New England Region Championships – 27th of 57 teams
How it Happened:
* Bowles crossed the finish line with a time of 24:07.22 to earn the best finish for a female racer at the regional championships in program history.
* Seniors Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) and Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) were the next fastest Panthers, finishing 148th and 161st respectively. Dennis posted a 24:32.49, while Giguere finished in 24:43.80.
* Freshman Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) was the fourth point scorer for the Panthers posting a time of 25:35.63 to finish 226th, just ahead of junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.), who was 227th with a time of 25:36.17.
* Sophomore Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) took 246th with her time of 25:59.07.
* Freshman Molly Bragg (Concord, N.H.) rounded out the Panthers' field, finishing 273rd with a time of 26:38.63.
Inside the Numbers:
* The Panthers finished ahead of LEC rivals Rhode Island College (33rd), UMass Dartmouth (36th), Southern Maine (37th), Castleton (42nd) and WestConn (56th).
* PSU ended the season with a program best .639 winning percentage against DIII teams.
* Plymouth State finished behind Rhode Island College at the LEC Championships, but exacted some revenge to end up more than 100 points better than the Anchorwomen.
* The race marked the final competition in the careers of Dennis and Giguere.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"It was nice to bounce back from a rough LEC Championships meet to have our best team race of the year," said head coach John Ostler. "It felt all year like this was the best team in school history. It was nice to confirm that feeling with the results from today. We will miss Lora and Haley, as they've done a lot for this program. I don't look forward to life without them."
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