Byington posts top-ten finish for Panthers
NEW BRUNSWICK, Maine – Senior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) posted a top-ten finish competing against top opponents and high temperatures to guide the Plymouth State University men's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Byington completed the 8k course in 27:23.80 to finish ninth overall, just over 30 seconds out of a top-five finish and 1:14 off the pace of the winner.
Plymouth State finished with 105 points to finish fourth in the field of six teams. Colby College earned the win with 21 points after claiming the top four individual finishes.
Bowdoin Invitational (8k) – Plymouth State 4th of 6 Teams
How it Happened:
- PSU fared well against a high quality field in the team's first 8k race of the season despite the high temperatures and a field that included Bowdoin, Colby and Coast Guard.
- Byington was impressive as the top finisher, while junior Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) led a cluster of five Panthers who all finished within 26 seconds of one another.
- Cryan posted a time of 28:21.20 to finish 23rd, just ahead of freshman Brent Coope (Wolfeboro, N.H.), who crossed the finish line in 28:21.90 for 24th overall.
- Freshman Michael Barrett (Hartford, Conn.), junior Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) and freshman Gavyn Lewis (Nottingham, N.H.) finished 27th, 28th and 33rd, respectively.
- Freshman Michael Olson (Sutton, Mass.) was Plymouth's final point scorer after taking 42nd with a time of 29:16.80.
Inside the Numbers:
- Sophomore Randall Scroggins (Rumney, N.H.) set a new personal record after finishing in 32:55.70. He knocked off 23 seconds from his previous best.
- Wolf's performance sparked the team after spending much of the race as the Panthers' second runner.
- Coope posted the fourth-fastest time among freshmen runners.
- The Panthers' top five finishers were separated by just 1:04.60, and posted an average time of 28:11.60.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We had great pack running again today," said head coach John Ostler. "It's been fun to watch our guys buy into that style of racing and for them to see the dividends. We wanted to run with Bowdoin and Coast Guard today, but came up a little short. We'll refine our fitness and 8k racing strategy and give them a good race in November."
- PSU will enjoy a two-week break before gearing up for the Keene State Invitational on Oct. 5.
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