Bartlett takes 1000 meter title; Brunnette, Lewis, Dolecki earn top-five finishes
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) put together a personal best time to win the 1000 meter run while the Plymouth State University men's indoor track & field team earned a sixth place finish at the inaugural Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts University at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
Bartlett finished the race in 2:31.00, almost a half-second ahead of the closest competition. Sophomore Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) also finished the 1000 meters with a personal record, finishing eighth in 2:38.97.
Juniors Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) also had fine days as each finished in the top-five in their respective events.
Brunnette finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:19.37, while Lewis took fourth in the 60 meter hurdles. Lewis qualified for the finals with a personal record 8.63 in the preliminaries, the second fastest time of the qualifying round. He topped that with an 8.62 in the finals. Lewis also took fourth in the high jump, clearing 1.93 meters (6' 4.0"). Dolecki finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.12 meters (43' 0.5"), a personal best, in his final jump of the day. Dolecki also ended up 11th in the long jump, covering 5.85 meters (19' 2.5").
In the pole vault, sophomore Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) earned a top-10 finish after clearing 4.25 meters (13' 11.25") to take seventh place.
The Panthers finished sixth out of 14 teams, earning 45.5 points. NCAA Division II Stonehill College took the team title with 147 points, with Tufts University (119), MIT (85.5), Amherst College (76) and Worcester State University (63) making up the rest of the top five.
Other PSU highlights included strong showings in the 600 meter run by junior Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.), senior Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) and freshman Dylan Guinard (Penacook, N.H.). Saunders finished 12th in 1:27.31, with Polichronopoulos right behind him with a new personal record of 1:27.79. Guinard's time was also a personal best.
Other personal best performances were turned in by junior Chaim Tendler (Manchester, N.H.) and freshmen Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) and Keegan Flynn (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the mile run, freshman Kurt Solsky (Califon, N.J.) in the pole vault, classmate Austin Reynolds (Old Saybrook, Conn.) in the triple jump and freshman Ryan Latorella (Loudon, N.H.) and sophomore Devin Wells (Yreka, Calif.) in the weight throw.
The Panthers will be back in action next Saturday (Feb. 3) at the Wesleyan Invitational.
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