Bowles sets school record for 6k against top competition
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) established a new school record in the 6k to lead the Plymouth State University women's cross country team to a 30th place finish at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship at Pickard Fields on the campus of Bowdoin College on Saturday.
Battling low temperatures and competition that included six nationally ranked programs, Bowles finished in 23:53.80 to top her own program record of 23:59.00 set on the same course last October. Additionally, each of the seven runners in the Panthers' lineup posted career best times.
Williams, the fourth-ranked team in the nation, topped second-ranked MIT for the team championship with 64 points. Plymouth State totaled 931 points to finish just behind Eastern Connecticut (849) and ahead of Little East Conference rivals Castleton, UMass Dartmouth, Southern Maine and WestConn.
NCAA Division III New England Regional Cross Country Championship (6k) - Plymouth State 30th of 54 teams
How it Happened:
- Bowles finished among a cluster of runners to place 129th in the field of 388, while sophomore Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) crossed the line in 24:32.90 to finish 173rd.
- Bagley finished 190th in 24:51.70, with junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) finishing in 25:00.30.
- Freshmen Abby Hurley (Northborough, Mass.) and Libby Van De Moere (Thornton, N.H.) completed their first regional championships in 26:19.90 and 27:13.90, while Khimatian posted a time of 28:15.40.
Inside the Numbers:
- DeMarco crushed her previous 6k record by more than 35 seconds, while Hurley topped her mark from earlier this season by more than 33 seconds.
- Bagley shaved 25.3 seconds off her previous best, while Van De Moere knocked off 25.0 seconds and Burgess topped her mark by 24.2.
- PSU's 1-5 spread was 2:26.10, while the top five average times was 24:55.72, roughly 1:11.00 faster than the team's performance on the same course on Sept. 21.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"The New England region is so tough," said head coach John Ostler. "Thirtieth was not our goal, but I'm not ashamed to lose to any of the teams that beat us. Our women's program made a lot of nice progress this year. This has been one of my favorite teams from my entire career."
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