Bolden qualifies for New England's in 2017-18 debut meet
BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) ran an 8.97 in the 60 meter hurdles to qualify for the New England Division III Championships in February as the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team kicked off the 2017-18 campaign at the sixth annual UMass Boston Winter Open at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
The meet was a non-scoring, qualifying meet featuring over 1,100 entrants representing NJCAA and NCAA Division II and III schools from throughout New England.
Bolden exactly matched his time of one year ago, finishing just under the 9.0 second qualifying time. Freshman Joey Baylus (Loudon, N.H.) finished in 9.06 seconds in his collegiate debut, narrowly missing the qualifying mark. Sophomore Zach Bassett (Pascoag, R.I.) also posted a personal-best time of 9.18 seconds.
Bolden was the top PSU finisher in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.35 seconds. Junior Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) set a new personal best with a 7.46, while freshman Noah Williams (Rochester, N.H.) had a solid debut with a time of 7.55 seconds.
Junior Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) was the fastest Panther in the 400 meter dash placing 25th overall with a time of 53.48 seconds, while freshman Dylan Guinard (Penacook, N.H.) completed the 800 meter run in 2:07.52 to place 14th overall.
In the field events, senior Dean Squires Jr. (Derry, N.H.) posted a distance of 10.63m in the weight throw, his best result since the 2015-16 season. Sophomore Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) took seventh in the pole vault clearing a height of 3.85m, and junior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) reached a distance of 6.18m in the long jump, also the seventh-best finish on the day.
"We hit some marks today that will be useful for qualifying next semester," said head coach John Ostler, "but more importantly the process was good from meet prep to event technique. I'm excited to build off that when we have our full squad on display on the home track."
The Panthers will wrap up the fall semester with one more event, the PSU Winter Classic, next Saturday (Dec. 9). The field events will begin at 11:00 a.m., with track events set to start at 12:00 p.m. at the George E. Davis '63 Track at ALLWell North.
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