Bowles breaks program record; Bowles, Bagley earn All-LEC
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) shattered the program record while taking fourth place overall to lead the Plymouth State University women's cross country team to a third place finish at the Little East Conference (LEC) Cross Country Championship on the campus of UMass Dartmouth on Saturday.
Bowles and senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.), who finished tenth in the 5k race, each claimed All-LEC honors for their performances.
The Panthers third place finish is the second highest in program history, behind just the 2017 team that ended up second.
Eastern Connecticut (48 points) held off Keene State (59) to capture the team championship, while Plymouth State (76) bested the host Corsairs (88) to finish in the top three for just the second time in school history.
LEC Cross Country Championships (5k) - Plymouth State 3rd of 8 teams
How it Happened:
- Bowles absolutely tore through the course, crossing the finish line in 19:07.66 to shatter the program record by 23 seconds.
- Bagley finished tenth overall to claim All-Conference status with a time of 19:41.35, while sophomore Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) took 16th in 20:01.85.
- Junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) ended up 20th with a time of 20:21.07, while freshmen Abby Hurley (Northborough, Mass.) and Libby Van De Moere (Thornton, N.H.) crossed the line in 21:02.31 and 21:04.48 to place 31st and 32nd, respectively.
- Sophomore Rebecca Khimatian (Cumberland, R.I.) was the final Panther point-scorer after posting a 22:44.43 to finish 50th among the field of nearly 75.
Inside the Numbers:
- The previous school record of 19:30.60 was set by Rileigh Goulette in Oct. 2016. Bowles topped her own personal record by nearly 30 seconds.
- Bagley and DeMarco also set personal records, topping their previous marks by 23 and 36 seconds, respectively.
- The Panthers' top seven spread was 3:36.77, while the top five average times (20:02.85) was a season best.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I'm not at all surprised our women rose to expectations today," said head coach John Ostler. "That's what they've done all year. Kim [Bowles] has been flirting with the school record all year. Often times when you work against a barrier for so long, when you do breakthrough you smash through. Eve [Bagley] has been the consummate leader all year. Everyone who knows our program is thrilled for her to get all-conference."
Plymouth State will have a two week break in competition before traveling to Bowdoin on Nov. 16 to compete in the NCAA Div. III New England Regional Championships.
|Bagley (left) and Bowles (fourth from right) earned All-LEC honors with top-ten finishes.|
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