Brunnette earns All-New England in mile, Lewis seventh in 60m hurdles
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) posted the top finishes for the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team as it competed at the DIII New England Track & Field Championship at the Virtue Field House on Saturday.
Brunnette posted a personal record time in the mile run in a highly competitive field. He finished third with a time of 4:15.22 to earn All-New England honors. All of the top eight times on the day were faster than the previous track record.
Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) also performed well in the mile, finishing 11th with a time of 4:24.65.
Lewis advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles after winning his preliminary heat with a time of 8.53 seconds, the third fastest qualifying time overall. Lewis finished seventh in the finals posting a time of 8.81 seconds.
Freshman Joey Baylus (Loudon, N.H.) finished 14th in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, while junior Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) took 24th. Baylus finished in 8.76 seconds, with Bolden finishing in 9.00 seconds flat.
Sophomore Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) matched his own school record in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.36 meters (14' 3.50") to take eighth place overall.
Junior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) posted a 16th place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.05 meters (19' 10.25"), while also finishing 17th in the triple jump after covering 12.46 meters (40' 10.50").
Sophomore Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) was the eighth individual Panther to compete. He finished 16th in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:38.81.
PSU also had a pair of relay teams compete. The 4x400 meter relay team of Davies, Lewis, Baylus and sophomore Zach Bassett (Pascoag, R.I.) finished in 3:30.97 to take 12th place, while the distance medley relay team of Bartlett, junior Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.), Byington and freshman Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) finished ninth in 10:57.05.
The Panthers finished with nine team points to end up 17th in the team rankings among a field of 28 schools. Tufts University led the team rankings with 110 points, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (97) and Williams College (92.50) closing out the top three. PSU finished just three points in back of the University of Massachusetts Boston and Springfield College, who were tied for 15th with 12 points.
Next up are a pair of "last chance" qualifying meets before the NCAA DIII Championships from Mar. 9 – 10. First up is the Last Chance Meet hosted by Boston University next Saturday (Feb. 24).
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