Byington takes third overall in season debut
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Senior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) finished third overall and the Panthers had seven of the top 15 finishers as the Plymouth State University men's cross country team captured the team title at the Charger Open hosted by Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon.
Byington crossed the finish line of the 5k course in 16:58.88, finishing just over seven seconds behind the second place finisher, while junior Liam Fleming of Colby-Sawyer won the race in 16:37.53.
Plymouth State finished with 36 points to beat out the host Chargers for the win. Colby-Sawyer took second with 54 points, while St. Joseph's College (66 points) and Norwich University (79 points) rounded out the field.
Charger Open – Plymouth State 1st of 4 teams
How it Happened:
- While Byington was the top Panther finisher, he was hardly the only runner to have a good day. Junior Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) took seventh in 17:17.01.
- Five freshmen were the next top finishers for PSU; Brent Coope (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Hayden O'Hara (Seabrook, N.H.) and Colin Moar (Annandale, Va.) finished 9th-11th, while Kyle Hoglund (Londonderry, N.H.) ended up 13th and Michael Barrett (Hartford, Conn.) took 15th.
- Coope finished in 17:23.96, while O'Hara and Moar ended in 17:31.66 and 17:33.77.
Inside the Numbers:
- Plymouth State had 15 of the top 28 finishers.
- The Panthers ran in tight packs, with a 1-5 spread of less than 35 seconds, and a 1-7 spread of 42.64 seconds.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"This was a very good win for us today," said head coach John Ostler. "Norwich is solid year in and year out, so it was great to see us finish ahead of them. Noah looked comfortable taking up the mantle as our top runner. We can't get overconfident, though. We'll see what we're really made up of when we step up to the 8k soon."
- The Panthers will take three weeks off before heading to Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational on Sept. 21.
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