BRUNSWICK, ME – In their fifth race of the season the UMPI Owls showed the results of their hard work in today's Maine State Championship meet at Bowdoin College. Familiarity with the course paid off as, even though the PI contingent finished 12th of 12 teams, each harrier showed marked improvement.
The Owls' score of 349 points was but one off that scored by 11th place Thomas College. Nationally ranked Bates was the meet winner having outdistanced Bowdoin by 20 points, 21-41. The University of New England followed in third. Katherine Cook (SR, South Burlington, VT) of Bates was the race winner, clocking the 5 kilometers in 17:47. Second place went to Olivia LaMarche (SO, Lynnfield, MA), also of Bates, in at 17:59.
Emmy Churchill (SO, Washburn, ME) was again the leader for the Owls, having run 23:30 and finishing in 93rd place of 150 finishers. Her opening mile of 6:44 was perhaps a bit fast as she worked to hit the university set USCAA national qualifying standard of 23:06 (28:00 for 6K). At two miles she was on pace, but even though she began her final push she eventually dropped off the pace a bit to come in just above the standard.
Chenoa Jackson (JR, Wilton, ME) was the second Owls finisher, improving to a season's best time of 25:50 and 123rd place. Elise Gudde (JR, Caribou, ME) finished 148th (29:00) with Jennie Sanborn (JR, Sangerville, ME), in this just her second cross country race, finished at 34:21 (148th place). Sarina Raposo (FR, Providence, RI) continued to improve in finishing 150th at 37:07. This mark was 5:32 faster than her initial time of 42:39 posted at Gordon College on September 23.
The Owls now go into a two week cycle as they work toward the North Atlantic Championship meet to be held at U-Maine at Farmington on October 28, a course they ran in their opening meet on September 2.