Some members of the Owls lady harriers continued improving on Saturday, and others battled through nagging injuries as they took on all colleges and universities in the state but for NCAA D-1 power University of Maine.
U-Maine at Farmington was the host at the greatly improved Mount Blue High School venue in Farmington. Formerly known as both a technical and very hilly course, this one now runs a bit faster due to improved footing and the elimination of many long stretches of mud and soft ground. The construction, however, did not make the series of hills within each of the three miles, particularly the second, any easier.
Newcomer Becky Bowers, a freshman from Burlington, ME, was the early pace setter for the Presque Isle runners as she ran a very controlled first two miles in cruising the first at 8:16. Holly Bouvier followed closely behind at 8:51, running with a hip flexor strain but looking her typically intense self in her efforts.
A steadily improving Katrina McPherson (Caribou) passed this point at 9:08 and was followed by Sara Sullivan (9:12), Shawna McDonough (9:48) and Misty Steward (Dixfield), hampered by a twice injured ankle. Bowers continued on through the tougher, very hilly second mile crossing this milepost at 17 flat before going on to post the Owls' better final time of 26:35, good enough for 119th place in the 144 harrier field.
The early pace was set by eventual race winner Alanna McDonough of Colby who finished the 3.1mile course in 19:23. Colby handily won the meet with the low score of -34.
The Owls' finish order after Bowers was McPherson (134th, 30:07), Bouvier (135th, 30:10), Steward (138th, 31:41), Sullivan (139th, 31:45), and McDonough (143rd, 32:32).
The Lady Owls race next at Unity College on Saturday.