Bowles takes sixth in first race of the year
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) was the top Panther finisher, taking sixth place overall, to guide the Plymouth State University women's cross country team to a second place finish at the Charger Open hosted by Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon.
Bowles picked up right where she left off after being named the Little East Conference Rookie Runner of the Year last fall. She set the pace for the Panthers, while the team's next four top finishers were bunched from 12th to 15th.
Plymouth State finished with 51 points to take second overall. Colby-Sawyer earned the team title with 25 points, while PSU finished ahead of St. Joseph's College (67 points) and Norwich (84 points).
Charger Open – Plymouth State 2nd of 4 teams
How it Happened:
- Bowles averaged a 6:49.8 mile to finish in 21:12.94 and only missed out on a top-five finish by just over two seconds.
- Freshman Callie Parks (Swanton, Vt.) led a quartet of Panthers who finished 12th through 15th. Parks was closely followed by senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.), junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) and freshman Abby Hurley (Northborough, Mass.).
- Freshman Libby Van De Moere (Thornton, N.H.) and sophomore Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) also posted top-30 finishes, with Van De Moere crossing the line in 21st and DeMarco finishing 29th.
Inside the Numbers:
- Parks finished the course in 21:53.17, while Bagley, Burgess and Hurley were all within 25 seconds of one another.
- Van De Moere posted a time of 22:53.58 in her first collegiate race, while DeMarco completed the course in 23:36.60.
- PSU's 1-5 spread was 1:14.70, and the top seven finishers were 2:23.66 apart.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Hats off to Colby-Sawyer as they raced well today," said head coach John Ostler. "We're excited to measure ourselves against them again later this season. The positive was we had a nice grouping 2-5 that can move up as a team. If we can maintain the integrity of that pack as we get faster we'll be fine."
- The Panthers are off for three weeks before heading to Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational on Sept. 21.
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