(BIDDEFORD, ME) -- "Hot and Humid" are not words usually associated with September in the northeast. Yet those were the conditions UMPI runners faced on Saturday during their first meet of the season at the University of New England Invitational.
Running without one of their projected top performers Nicole Porter, the Owls finished 8th in the 13 team field. Kati Christoffel (Clifton Park, NY) paced the UMPI women in her first collegiate race since being named the UMPI Female Athlete of the Year last spring. Christoffel finished with a time of 22:52 in the 5000m race, good enough for 28th overall.
Southern Maine ran away with the team title, scoring 21.
"The conditions played a big factor," said Owls' head coach Chris Smith, "this was a good chance to see everyone for the first time this season."
The Owls will return to action next Saturday, September 15th, when they host the UMPI Invitational. Next weekend will be Homecoming on the UMPI campus.
|Southern Maine||21||Kati Christoffel||28th||22:52|
|U. of New England||73||Kayla Legasse||38th||23:27|
|Gordon College||112||Carly Langley||48th||23:56|
|Endicott College||131||Sarah Taylor||120th||34:29|
|St. Joseph College||145|
|Eastern Maine CC||NS|