Better Conditions Lead to Better Times for UMPI Runners

Biddeford, ME -- (9/10/11)  Last weekend, the University of Maine-Presque Isle men's and women's cross country teams ran on a cool day over a wet course in Farmington.  On Saturday at the University of New England Invitational, it was nicer, it was drier, and the runners took advantage.

Justin Fereshetian (Sr./Turner, ME) once again paced the men's team during the 8K trek, finishing in 29:32, good enough for 8th overall.  Sophomores Jaron Gray (So./Danforth, ME) and Richard Landry (So./Millvillage, ME) continued to improve under head coach Chris Smith's tutelage each taking substantial time off their average pace per mile. 

Overall, the team finished 6th out of the 11 teams.

On the women's side, the Owls were bolstered by the return of a more healthyKatie Christoffel (Jr./Clifton, NY). Christoffel, hampered with an injury early in the first race of the season, showed considerable improvement moving up to a 31st place finish with a time of 24:05. Emily Wright (Fr./Mapleton, ME) finished the highest of all UMPI runners slotting into 23rd place.  Overall the women finished in 7th place out of 12 teams.

Both teams have two weeks until their next races at the Codfish Bowl Invitational at Franklin Park in Boston, MA.