The Lady Owls used the Husson Harrier Classic as an educational race in their evolution toward peaking in the post-season. With an inexperienced roster of collegiate runners Head Coach Chris Smith will be tested to provide an informative foundation as the runners learn about the rigors of middle distance, off road racing.
The experience was beneficial for these runners with relative limited racing in such conditions. When combined with temperatures in the high 80s and higher than average humidity, the Owls gained much valuable experience as they look toward the balance of the 2014 campaign.
The early pace was set by a pair of Husson runners, Chrissy Larrabee, the eventual race winner at 20:04, and Alecia Palmer. First year Owl Holly Bouvier (Littleton, ME) passed the mile mark at 8:12 and was closely followed by teammates Misty Steward (Dixfield ), Sara Sullivan (Lebanon, ME), and Shawna McDonough (Baldwin, ME).
The severe environmental conditions took their toll on competitors as paces quickly fell off. Steward had closed the gap on Bouvier close to the second mile post and went on to be the first Owls finisher, in at 30:16 good enough for 25th position. Bouvier was close behind at 30:41 at 26th with McDonough in at 37:34 in 42nd place. Sullivan withdrew at the mile mark due to injury.
The Lady Harriers next travel to Biddeford for the UNE Invitational this Saturday.