Youth, experience earn wins at Murray Keating

Posted Oct. 03, 2009, at 4:10 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — It didn’t rain on anyone’s victory parade as both the men’s and women’s races finished ahead of Saturday afternoon’s rainfall on the University of Maine campus.

Saturday’s 18th running of the Murray Keating Invitational cross-country meet was one for youth and experience as freshman Jillian King of Boston College won the women’s 5-kilometer run with a time of 17 minutes, 9.16 seconds — a personal best.

The same went for senior Russell Christie from Dalhousie University out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He fulfilled a longtime ambition and won the 5-mile race with a time of 24:41.42.

The top Maine finishers were sophomore Corey Conner in the women’s race and Miles Bartlett in the men’s.

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The top teams were the Boston College women and St. Francis Xavier (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) men. The Black Bears were second and third, respectively, in the women’s and men’s races.

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