Lewis breaks two records in home debut
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) set a pair of program records to lead the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team to a third place finish at the PSU Winter Classic at George E. Davis '63 Track in the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on Saturday.
"It's always special to compete on the home track," said head coach John Ostler. "We always take it to the next level at home and this meet was no different."
Lewis narrowly surpassed the program standard in the 60m hurdles, posting a time of 8.76 seconds. The previous mark of 8.78 seconds had been held by junior Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.), set last January. Lewis' mark also qualified him for the New England Division III Championships in February.
More impressive, however, was Lewis' performance in the high jump, as the rookie cleared 1.95m, shattering the previous mark of 1.83m. The jump, nearly 4.75" beyond the previous record, was also good enough to qualify for the New England championships.
"Terrell burst onto the stage yesterday with two school records and a fine relay leg. He's going to be a cornerstone of our point scoring this season," stated Ostler.
Senior Dean Squires Jr. (Derry, N.H.) matched his own program best in the weight throw with a distance of 11.72 meters, while junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) won the mile run in Davis Track record time (4:26.01) to meet the qualifying standard for New England's.
Also qualifying for New England's were freshman Joey Baylus (Loudon, N.H.) in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.00 seconds, the third fastest among D-III competitors, sophomore Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.), who won the pole vault with a height of 4.35m, and junior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.), who finished tops among D-III student-athletes in the long jump with a leap of 6.40 meters. Davies nearly missed setting a new personal best by 0.01 meters. Dolecki also took second in the triple jump with a mark of 12.74 meters.
"Derek [Davies] taking jumps at his PR in December is amazing," said Ostler. "It took him all the way to March to reach those heights last season."
Other strong performances were put in by junior Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) and senior Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) in the 800m. Saunders took first with a time of 2:04.51 and Polichronopoulos crossed the finish line just 0:00.99 seconds later.
The PSU relay teams also had impressive an impressive day. The 4x200m team of Lewis, Davies, Bolden and junior Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) took second overall, and first among D-III schools, with a time of 1:35.99, while the 4x400m team was also second overall. That team, comprised of Baylus, Dolecki, sophomore Zach Bassett (Pascoag, R.I.) and freshman Austin Reynolds (Old Saybrook, Conn.) finished in 3:41.23.
Bassett also impressed in the 200m dash, as his time of 24.46 seconds was tops among D-III athletes, and the 60m hurdles, finishing in 9.48 seconds.
"Joey [Baylus] and Zach [Bassett] make the hurdles group our deepest event group, perhaps the deepest of any team in the LEC," praised Ostler. "Warren [Bartlett] and Kyle [Saunders] showed great fitness in their season openers. Both have ambition to win some LEC titles this year and prolong their season deep into February and March."
The meet marked the end of the 2017 competition, as the team will take a lengthy break before hosting the Panther Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 10.
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