Southern Maine Finishes Fifth at State Meet
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's cross country team posted a fifth-place finish among the 12 teams competing Saturday at the annual State of Maine Cross Country Championship held at Bowdoin College.
The Huskies' top five scoring runners combined to scored 152 points. Bates College won the team title with a score of 25 points. Colby College, led by the one-two finish Sophia Gorman and Helen Chavey, was runner-up with 56 points. Host Bowdoin took third with 66 points, followed by the University of New England with 116 and USM.
USM's duo of sophomore Sydney Sirois (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic) and senior Bryanna Phillips (Westbrook, Maine) led the Huskies again placing 17th and 18th respectively. Sirois covered the 6,000-meter Bowdoin course in 24 minutes, 2.5 seconds. Phillips was a second behind Sirois with her time of 24:03.6.
Senior Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) was USM third finisher coming across the line in 21st place with a time of 24:14.0. Sophomore Samantha Thompson (Westbrook, Maine) finished 46th in scoring with a time 26:46.9, and senior Kelly Lynch (Harpswell, Maine/Mt. Ararat) completed USM's top five with a 50th-place result and a time of 27:17.1
Southern Maine is back in action next Saturday competing in Runnin' Monks Invitational at St. Joseph's College.