Panthers capture second straight title behind five event winners
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Plymouth State University men's indoor track & field team had five individual event winners as the Panthers captured a second straight team title, finishing first at the Middlebury Winter Classic at the Virtue Field House at Middlebury College on Saturday.
Plymouth State received balanced scoring across all events to pick up the win, highlighted by a pair of double winners, senior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.). Junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) also grabbed a first place finish, while freshman Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) broke a 48-year old record.
PSU (170 points) cruised past host Middlebury (137.50) for a second straight team title. Plymouth State had captured the program's first ever title at the PSU Winter Classic on Dec. 8, the final meet of the 2018 portion of the schedule.
Middlebury Winter Classic – 1st of 5 Teams
How it Happened:
* Bartlett led the Panthers to a clean sweep in the 800-meter run. The senior posted the 23rd fastest time in the country (1:58.95) and topped his own school record to take first. Classmate Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) ran the 28th fastest time in Division III this year to take second in 1:59.61, with junior Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.) finishing third in 2:04.94.
* Bartlett added a season best time of 4:22.80 to claim the mile run ahead of Brunnette's 4:25.36. Both times were among the top 15 in the nation this winter.
* Lewis set a season best time of 8.50, good enough for 23rd best in the country, while winning the 60-meter hurdles, and added a title in the long jump after covering 6.30 meters.
* Shattuck and senior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) finished second and third in the long jump with leaps of 6.03 and 6.01 meters, respectively.
* Shattuck was first to cross the finish line in the 400-meter dash. His time of 55.09 was a season best.
* Roper cleared 13.85 meters in his collegiate debut in the shot put, eclipsing a previous school record of 13.41 set by PSU Hall of Fame inductee Bill Stumpf '76, to finish second. The toss was good enough to reach New England regional qualifying standards. Sophomore Tim Gray (Derby, Vt.) took third with a season best throw of 13.07.
* Gray set a school record of 13.82 meters in the weight throw to finish third.
* The Panthers finished third, fourth and fifth in the 60-meter dash. Senior Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) led the way with a time of 7.32, with freshmen Noah Couitt (Swansea, Mass.) and Tucker Gosselin (Sanbornville, N.H.) finishing right behind in 7.36 and 7.40.
* PSU's 4x400-meter relay teams finished second and third, as Belanger, Shattuck and freshmen Dillon Buttner (East Randolph, Vt.) and Michael Barrett (Hudson, N.H.) teamed up for a time of 3:50.53. Freshmen Matt Lyle (Loudon, N.H.), Kyle Mau (Dover, N.H.) and Ethan Goodreau (Spencer, Mass.) and junior Ben Platt (Manchester, N.H.) joined forces to finish in 3:50.91.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"It's always nice to get a win, especially when we came into today with some heavy legs from winter camp two-a-days," said head coach John Ostler. "Our performance today reflects the mental toughness of our team. Our throws corps continues to round out our team nicely and Marcus [Roper] exceeded even the high expectations we had for him, setting a record and qualifying for New England's. It's always a treat to watch Warren [Bartlett] and Sam [Brunnette] work in tandem. They don't race each other much head-to-head in track, but when they do they bring out the best in each other."
* The Panthers head to Smith College for the Smith Invitational next Saturday (Jan. 19).
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