KSC men take second and Owl women finish 10th at Purple Valley Classic
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. 9/25/10 – The Keene State cross country teams competed at the Williams College Purple Valley Classic on Saturday. The KSC men placed second in the 18-team field with 90 points while the Owl women had 264 point to finish in 10th place.
Senior Eric MacKnight (Newtown, Conn.) was the first Owl to the finish line, placing fifth on the hilly Mount Greylock High School course with a time of 26:30. Senior teammate Tim Pipp (Keene, N.H.) was KSC's second man finishing seventh with a time of 26:39.
Junior Kevin Hoyt (Newtown, Conn.),who finished 19th/27:00, sophomore Thomas Paquette (Bolton, Conn.), who placed 29th/27:11, and sophomore Andrew Sears (Derry, N.H.) who finished in 30th place (27:11) round out the scorers for the Owls.
Keene State, which entered the race ranked 18th nationally and third in New England, and MIT (ranked 29th in the national poll and fourth in New England) both finished with 90 points. The Engineers were awarded the team title because KSC didn't have a sixth runner in the race.
Middlebury's Michael Schmidt won the race with a time of 26:00.
Junior Andrea Walsh (Bolton, Conn.) led the Keene State women with a 24th place (23:23) finish on the 6K course. Senior Amy Knoblock (Plymouth, Mass.) placed 36th (23:45), and sophomore Maggie Fitter (Branford, Conn.) finished 81st (24:56). Junior Natalie Ferro (Dennis, Mass.), who placed 86th (25:01), and junior Haley Lydstone (Bedford, N.H.), who was in the 110th spot (25:30), round out the KSC scorers.
Jennifer Gossels of Williams won the race with a time of 22:17. Middlebury won the women's team championship with 57 points.
The Owls host the KSC Invitational next Saturday.