Brunnette repeats as New England champion
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) became the first runner to repeat as NCAA Division III New England Region Cross Country Champion since 2008 to lead Plymouth State University to an 18th place finish at the regional championships on Saturday.
Four racers were neck-and-neck with 400 meters to go before Brunnette pulled ahead to win by nearly a full second. The Panthers' team finish was the best at the New England regional in program history.
PSU earned 553 points to finish third among Little East Conference competitors. Amherst College captured the team title with 65 points.
NCAA Division III New England Region Championships – 18th of 58 teams
How it Happened:
* Senior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) closed his career with a 58th place finish with a time of 26:18.32.
* Sophomore Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) was the Panthers' third fastest runner, posting a solid time of 27:19.69 to place 118th, while senior Chaim Tendler (Manchester, N.H.) ended his career with a strong run, finishing 177th in 28:28.12.
* Sophomore Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) was the Panthers' fifth point scorer, earning a 199th place finish with a time of 28:44.32.
Inside the Numbers:
* Brunnette continued to cement his place as the top runner in program history with his fourth win of the year. In five total races this fall he has four individual titles and one second place finish.
* Brunnette is all but assured of a second straight appearance at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Championships at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh next Saturday (Nov. 17). Last year he captured All America honors with a 25th place finish.
* Plymouth State ends the season with a program-record .729 winning percentage against Division III competition.
* The field consisted of more than 415 individuals.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We were hoping for a little better but I can't be disappointed with an 18th place finish," said head coach John Ostler. "I'm happy for Warren and Chaim to end their careers on the most successful team in our schools history. I'm running out of adjectives to describe Sam's races. He was challenged today by many different runners and stood tall each time. It's hard to rank all his great races, but this was a clear number one in the 'thrilling' category."
* Brunnette will officially find out if he will make a repeat appearance at the National Championship meet when the field is announced on Sunday (Nov. 11) at 11:00 a.m.
Photo by: Brian Beard/Bowdoin Athletics
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