Panthers move up to third place in Little East and sixth in Alliance
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomores Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) combined for three Little East Conference individual championships Saturday to lead the Plymouth State University men at the LEC and New England Alliance Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Costello Sports Complex field house, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
Brunnette captured his second straight LEC and Alliance in door title in the 3000 meters, and earned his first championship in the mile run. He completed the mile in a personal-best 4:17.78, the eighth fastest time in New England this season, and ran the 3000 in 8:49.45, more than four seconds faster than last year's win.
Bartlett won his second consecutive LEC and Alliance title in the 1000 meters, completing the race in 2:34.41. Bartlett is ranked 13th in New England in the 1000, with the 2:32.66 that he ran at Tufts two weeks ago.
Host Southern Maine captured both the New England Alliance and the Little East Conference championships. The Panthers were third in the seven-team LEC scoring and sixth in the 11-team Alliance scoring, moving up two spots from last year in both championships.
NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field
Little East Conference Championships & New England Alliance Championships
at USM Costello Sports Complex Field House, Gorham, Maine – Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
LEC Team Scores: Southern Maine 199, UMass Dartmouth 104, Plymouth State 80, UMass Boston 69, Rhode Island College 62, Eastern Connecticut 51, Keene State 21
Alliance Team Scores: Southern Maine 144.5, Worcester State 113.5, Westfield State 98.5, UMass Dartmouth 79, Fitchburg State 70, Plymouth State 58, Bridgewater State 53, Rhode Island College 50, UMass Boston 37.5, Eastern Connecticut 25, Keene State 12
MORE PSU HIGHLIGHTS
* Freshman Eric Rosario (Methuen, Mass.) had an outstanding performance for PSU, placing second in both the LEC and Alliance in the 600 meters. His time of 1:22.14 lowers his own school record and ranks as the third-fastest time in New England this winter. UMass Dartmouth's George Papoulis won the race in an LEC and Alliance record time of 1:20.87.
* Freshman Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) turned in a top-notch performance for PSU in the pole vault, placing third in the Alliance scoring and second among LEC vaulters. His mark of 4.10 meters (13'5.25") matched his season-high and school record and is ranked 17th in New England this season.
* Sophomore Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) was strong for PSU in the 55 meter dash and the long jump. He placed fifth in the Alliance and third in the Little East in the 55 meters, running a 6.61 in the preliminaries and a 6.65 in the finals, and he took eighth in the Alliance and fifth in the LEC in the long jump with a mark of 6.33 meters (20'9.25"). Bolden is ranked 16th in New England in the 60 meter dash this season.
* Freshman Zach Bassett (Pascoag, R.I.) had a strong finish for PSU in the 55 meter hurdles, placing sixth in the Alliance and second in the Little East. He ran the race in 8.55 seconds in the prelims and 8.65 in the finals. Classmate Chris Parenteau (Thetford Center, Vt.) was 11th in the Alliance and third among LEC competitors in a time of 8.99 seconds.
* Freshman Noah Byington (Hanscomb AFB, Mass.) took eighth place in the Alliance 800 meters and fifth in the LEC in a time of 2:03.23.
* Freshman Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.) placed 12th in the Alliance 600 meters in a time of 1:31.29. Senior Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) placed 13th in the high jump (1.73m/5'8"), and freshman Alex Van Vliet (Saybrook, Conn.) was 13th in the triple jump (personal best 12.38m/40'7.5").
* Plymouth State's top relay finish was in the 4x800 meters, with the contingent of Bartlett, freshman Trevor Campbell (Coventry, R.I.), Byington and sophomore Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) finishing fourth overall and third among LEC teams in a season-best time of 8:18.46.
* The Panthers will send about a half-dozen competitors to next Saturday's New England Division III Championships, hosted by Tufts University, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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