PSU Women’s Cross Country sets records at Keene Invitational

PSU Women’s Cross Country sets records at Keene Invitational

Eight Panthers post personal best times

            KEENE, N.H. – Sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) was the top finisher for the Plymouth State University women's cross country team after posting a 36th place finish at the Keene State Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

            Bowles crossed the finish line of the 5k race in 19:38.9 to establish a new personal record, one of eight PRs set on the day for PSU runners.

            Plymouth State finished 11th with 315 points. Williams College, ranked fifth in the nation in the most recent USTFCCCA national poll, captured the team win with 37 points.


            The Basics:

            Keene State Invitational (5k) – Plymouth State 11th of 19 Teams


            How it Happened:

  • Bowles was the top Panther finisher for the third straight race after her 36th place finish. She ended up fifth among Little East Conference (LEC) runners in the field.
  • Senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) finished 53rd in 20:05.5, topping her previous best by 24 seconds, while junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) was right behind her in 56th after crossing the finish line in 20:14.1.
  • Sophomore Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) took 98th in 21:17.8, while freshman Abby Hurley (Northborough, Mass.) rounded out PSU's top five finishers.
  • Freshmen Hailey Botelho (Rumney, N.H.) and Libby Van De Moere (Thornton, N.H.) each also established PRs.
  • Sophomore Rebecca Khimatian (Cumberland, R.I.) blew past her previous best time by nearly 3:40, while freshman Rebecca Williams (Penacook, N.H.) was the Panthers' final point-scorer with a time of 27:38.1.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Khimatian finished in 23:35.7 to shatter her previous best time of 27:14.85, while Botelho shaved more than two minutes off her previous mark.
  • Bowles cleared the 20-minute mark for the third time in her career.
  • All eight Panthers in action established new personal records.
  • PSU's top five posted an average time of 21:05.14.


            Straight From the Coach's Mouth:

            "The ladies have been showing up and putting in great work for the past month," said head coach John Ostler. "Their times today were a reflection of their great training. I'm glad to see them get some positive reinforcement with some nice career PRs. We still have a lot of work to do to race with the teams we know we can compete against."


            Up Next:

  • Plymouth State will compete in the James Earley Invitational hosted by Westfield State next Saturday (Oct. 12). The varsity race begins at 12:00 p.m., with sub-varsity set for a 12:45 p.m. start.




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