Sirois, Phillips and Bantz Finish in Top 10
STANDISH, Maine -- Led by top 10 finishes from sophomore Sydney Sirois (Greene, Maine/St. Dominic) and seniors Bryanna Phillips (Westbrook, Maine) and Haley Bantz (East Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic), the University of Southern Maine women's cross country finished in the runner-up spot among the 11 teams competing at the Runnin' Monks Invitational held Saturday at St. Joseph's College.
Sirois led a parade of three straight USM finishers placing sixth overall after covering the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 42.3 seconds. Phillips nipped Bantz at the line to take seventh in 20:51.0 while Bantz was eighth in 20:51.9.
Completing the Huskies' top five were sophomore Samantha Thompson (Westbrook, Maine) who placed 30th overall in 22:56.9, and senior Kelly Lynch (Harpswell, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in 32nd place at 23:11.07.
Rookies Emily Colby (Lunenburg, Vt./Lyndon Institute) and Isabelle Sossei (Wells, Maine) completed USM's top seven crossing the finish line in the 40th and 42nd positions with times of 23:37.8 and 23:39.4 respectively.
Emmanuel College took the team title, paced by the one-two finish of Pearl Vercruysse and Hannah Fitzpatrick, with 53 points. Southern Maine edged the University of New England. 78-81, for the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top five team were Colby-Sawyer College in fourth with 110 points and Regis College in fifth with 133.
Southern Maine's next event is the Little East Conference Championship, hosted this season by Rhode Island College, on October 27.