PSU Women’s Cross Country battles top programs at Bowdoin Invitational

PSU Women’s Cross Country battles top programs at Bowdoin Invitational

Bowles leads Panthers with 33rd place finish 

            NEW BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) finished 33rd overall as the Plymouth State University women's cross country team squared off with some of the top programs in the region and nation at the Bowdoin Invitational on a hot Saturday afternoon.

            Bowles posted a time of 24:49.80 in the team's first 6k race of the year to lead the Panthers.

            Plymouth State finished eighth with 220 points. Coast Guard, ranked 35th in this week's national poll, captured the team win with 37 points.


            The Basics:

            Bowdoin Invitational (6k) – Plymouth State 8th of 8 Teams


            How it Happened:

  • PSU faced some of the top competition in the nation in the team's first 6k race of the year as the field included nationally ranked Tufts and Coast Guard.
  • Bowles was followed closely by junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.), who finished the course in 25:24.50 to finish 45th.
  • Senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) took 57th with a time of 25:50.00, while freshman Abby Hurley (Northborough, Mass.) finished 75th overall and 21st among freshmen with a time of 26:53.50.
  • Freshmen Libby Van De Moere (Thornton, N.H.) and Hailey Botelho (Rumney, N.H.) and sophomore Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) rounded out the Panthers' point scorers.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Burgess set a new career best time in the 6k, shaving four seconds off her previous best.
  • PSU's top five finishers had a spread of 2:46.10 and average time of 26:06.70.
  • Bowles and Bagley were both within a minute of their career-record pace.


            Straight From the Coach's Mouth:

            "We were fighting above our weight class today," said head coach John Ostler. "We knew we were taking on some very good teams and to be successful we needed to race with confidence. The women did a nice job letting a quality field pull them to good individual performances. We mixed it up with Colby-Sawyer today better than two weeks ago. The results don't reflect the improvement our team has made this month."


            Up Next:

  • The Panthers return to action in two weeks, Oct. 5, when they compete at the Keene State Invitational.




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