Byington leads Panthers with 21st place finish
KEENE, N.H. – Senior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) finished 21st overall in a packed field to lead the Plymouth State University men's cross country team to a seventh place finish at the Keene State Invitational on Saturday.
Byington completed the 8k course in 27:03.20, shaving nearly 20 full seconds off his most recent performance while also establishing a new personal record.
Plymouth State finished with 171 points to finish seventh in the field of 16 teams. Williams College earned the team win with 54 points with three runners among the top ten.
Keene State Invitational (8k) – Plymouth State 7th of 16 Teams
How it Happened:
- Byington was the sixth fastest among Little East Conference (LEC) member schools.
- Freshman Michael Olson (Sutton, Mass.) and classmate Michael Barrett (Hartford, Conn.) finished 33rd and 36th, separated by exactly seven seconds.
- Freshman Brent Coope (Wolfeboro, N.H.) was the Panthers' fifth scorer with a 40th place finish after completing the course in 27:43.20.
- Sophomore Ben Platt (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Luke Gomes (Litchfield, N.H.) rounded out the point-scorers for PSU. Platt finished 50th, with Gomes claiming 65th in the field of nearly 200.
Inside the Numbers:
- Byington topped his personal record by five seconds.
- A number of other Panthers also set new personal bests; Olson, Barrett, Coope, Platt, Gomes, sophomores Kyle Mau (Dover, N.H.) and Randall Scroggins (Rumney, N.H.) and freshmen Kyle Hoglund (Londonderry, N.H.), Colin Moar (Annandale, Va.), Patrick Williston (Redding, Conn.), Kyle Hewson (Beverly, Mass.) and Chenet Guerrier (Burlington, Mass.).
- The Panthers' top five finishers were separated by 1:02.00, and posted an average time of 27:36.40.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We had had some bright spots, but we didn't get the team result we wanted today," said head coach John Ostler.
- The Panthers are right back in action next Saturday (Oct. 12) at the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State. The sub-varsity race kicks off at 10:30 a.m., with varsity set for 11:15 a.m.
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