BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's cross country team placed its top five runners among the top 35 scorers to come away with a fourth-place finish among the 12 teams competing Saturday at the State of Maine Championships held at Bowdoin College.
Bates College captured five of the top eight spots to take the team title with 21 points. Host Bowdoin was runner-up scoring 41 points, and the University of New England took third with 73. Southern Maine compiled a total of 138 points, and the University of Maine at Farmington completed the top five with 151.
Senior Heather Evans (York, Maine) was USM's first finisher crossing the finish line in 18th place among the 150 finishers. Evans toured the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19 minutes, 51.6 seconds.
Sophomore Gina Pardi (Falmouth, Maine) was the Huskies' second finisher coming home in 29th place overall (23rd in scoring) with her time of 20:25.1. USM bunched its next three scorers in the 30th, 33rd and 34th scoring positions. Rookie Sydney Sirois (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) was 42nd overall (30th), breaking 21 minutes with her time of 20:58.2. Senior Lauren Beganny (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill) and sophomore Nicole Ponte (Dartmouth, Mass.) finished 56th and 57th respectively (33rd and 34th) with their times of 21:40.0 and 21:45.7.
Bates College senior Katherine Cook won the individual title with her time of 17:47.9.
Southern Maine is off next weekend as it makes final preparations for the annual Little East Conference Championships on October 28th at Keene State College.