Saunders and Bartlett lead Panthers with wins on the track
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team placed third out of four schools Saturday in the first event of 2016, the Plymouth State Indoor Invitational at PSU's Davis Track.
Franklin Pierce University was the high scoring team with 140 points, followed by the University of Massachusetts Boston (65), Plymouth State (63) and Colby-Sawyer College (57).
Freshmen Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) were the top PSU performers, each capturing a first-place finish. Saunders won the 500 meter dash in one minute, 10.83 seconds, while Bartlett was the fastest competitor in the 800 meter run in 2:00.19. Saunders and Bartlett were joined by sophomore Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) and freshman Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) for a second-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay.
Brunnette was also runner-up in the mile run, finishing with a time of 4:27.86. Freshman Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes, running the 200 meters in 23.81 seconds and the 60 meter hurdles in 9.03 seconds. Freshman Thomas Helm (Walpole, Mass.) was fifth in the 400 meters in 54.39 seconds, and classmate Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.) was fifth in the 5000 meters in 16:56.80.
Junior Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) was the top competitor in the field events, placing second in the high jump (1.77 meters, 5'9-3/4"). Freshmen Matt Elsker (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) collected third-place finishes, Elsker in the pole vault (3.65 meters, 11'11-3/4") and Dolecki in the long jump (6.42meters, 21'0-3/4"), and sophomore Dean Squires Jr. (Derry, N.H.) was fourth in the weight throw (9.37meters, 30'9").
PSU will compete again next Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational.
The Panthers are in their first season since reinstating the sport as a varsity program. Plymouth State had men's track and field in the late 1960s and 1970s before discontinuing the program prior to the 1980 season.
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