Bartlett sets another record in final attempt to qualify for NCAAs
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) set a school record in the mile run for the second straight week as three members of the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team competed at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
The meet was a non-team scoring event as athletes took advantage of one final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.
Bartlett, who had set a new school record at the Boston University Last Chance Meet just one week ago, saved his best effort for last. He was the fastest competitor in the field with a time of 4:12.87, topping last week's mark by 1.3 seconds. After being converted for track style his time is the 11th fastest in the nation.
Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.), fresh off being named the Little East Conference (LEC) Track Athlete of the Year, posted a season-best time in the 3000-meter run. His time of 8:20.96 was just 0.04 seconds shy of his personal record and eclipsed his previous best this indoor season by more than nine seconds. He finished second in the field and with conversion for track style posted the fifth fastest time in the country.
Also competing for the Panthers was freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.), who notched a personal best time of 8.46 in the 60-meter hurdles during the preliminaries, before finishing fifth in the finals with a time of 8.71 seconds.
Bartlett and Brunnette both seem likely to be included in the NCAA Championship field, which will be announced via a press release on NCAA.com on Monday (Mar. 5) at 9:00 a.m. The top 15 declared athletes for each event will make up the competitors in Birmingham, Ala. next Friday and Saturday (Mar. 9-10). Brunnette has an outside shot at being included in both the 3000-meter and mile run, should he so choose, as his top mile time from the season is currently the 27th best in the country.
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