Olson paces Panthers for fourth straight race
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Freshman Michael Olson (Sutton, Mass.) was Plymouth State University's top finisher for the fourth straight race to lead the Panthers to a 21st place finish at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship at Pickard Fields on the campus of Bowdoin College on Saturday.
Competing against six national ranked teams, including #2 Williams, Olson completed the course in 26:31.90. Classmate Michael Barrett (Hartford, Conn.) and senior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) finished six seconds apart to each rank among the top 140 in a field of 388 runners.
Williams took home the team title after placing six runners in the top ten and all seven in the top 13 to finish with 24 points. Plymouth State scored 677 points to finish ahead of Little East Conference foes Rhode Island College, Castleton, UMass Boston and WestConn.
NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championship (6k) - Plymouth State 21st of 54 teams
How it Happened:
- Olson posted an 83rd place finish with his time of 26:31.90, with Barrett finishing 134th in 27:13.60.
- Byington was just behind him, crossing the line in 27:19.90 to place 140th.
- Freshman Brent Coope (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Platt posted times of 27:43.40 and 27:55.20, while junior Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) and sophomore Kyle Mau (Dover, N.H.) finished in 28:28.90 and 28:46.90.
Inside the Numbers:
- Barrett's time was his second fastest of the year.
- Olson posted his second fastest career time, topped only by his record setting performance at the Little East Conference championship two weeks ago.
- The Panthers' top five average of 27:20.78 was second only to the LEC championship performance, while the 1-5 spread was 1:23.30.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It stings a little bit to take a step back from our finish from last year because we feel like a better team," said head coach John Ostler. "Our seniors should be proud of the final race they ran and the condition they're leaving this team in going forward."
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