Long Break Leads to Personal Bests for Owl Runners

Boston, MA (9/24/11) -- The University of Maine-Presque Isle men's and women's cross country team has one "off" weekend worked in its fall schedule.  That "bye" came last weekend.  Owl runners took advantage of that break to get stronger, heal from injuries, and for many, set personal best times at Saturday's Codfish Bowl Invitational in Boston, MA. On an unseasonably warm and humid day in Beantown, three Owl women were able to improve upon their best times thus far for the season.  Kati Christoffel (Jr./Clifton, NY), who began the season with a severely sprained ankle, continued to progress posting a season best 23:27 in the 5K course.  Carly Langely (So./Truro, NS) and Sarah Taylor (Fr./Industry, ME) also knocked time off of their 5K personal bests with times of 23:54 and 28:52 respectively.

For the UMPI men, senior Justin Fereshetian(Sr./Turner, ME) led a crew of 4 Owls that shaved time off of their season or personal bests in the 8K race. Fereshetian finished 30 seconds faster than his season best, finishing at 29:11.  Dan Dermody (Fr./Cheshire, MA) was a whopping 90 seconds faster than his personal best, 31:34.  SophomorePhil Boody (Fr./New Sweden, ME) dropped his personal best by 50 seconds by finishing at 32:03, while freshman Andrew Nesbitt (Fr./Williamstown, MA) set a new personal best in his first race of the season, finishing with a time of 33:16.  Nesbitt missed the first two events on the schedule due to an injury.

"I think the humidity presented some problems but overall the team dealt with it well with most people improving on their early season form, " said Owls' assistant coach Paul Stone.  Stone stood in for head coach Chris Smith for the event.  Smith was being inducted into the UMPI Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The men's and women's cross country teams will race again next Saturday, October 1st in the Pop Crowell Invitational and Gordon College in Wenham, MA.