PSU Men’s Indoor Track & Field impressive at Smith Invitational

PSU Men’s Indoor Track & Field impressive at Smith Invitational

Gray shatters school mark in weight throw

            NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Sophomore Tim Gray (Derby, Vt.) established a new school mark in the weight throw to lead the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team to a ninth place finish at the Smith Invitational at Smith College on Saturday.

            Gray led an impressive showing by the Panther throwers as all four PSU entrants in the weight throw reached season best marks. Gray and freshman Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.) both cleared the previous school record distance of 13.82 meters, set by Gray just last week.

            PSU earned 30 team points to finish in ninth place with Trinity College earning the team title with 111 points.


            The Basics:

            Smith Invitational – 9th of 13 Teams


            How it Happened:

            * Gray led an impressive effort among the throwing corps. His second throw was good enough for 14.12 meters, which would have been the record alone. Rigoli reached 14.41 meters in his fourth throw, but Gray's final throw of 14.77 meters was even better.

            * Freshman Dillon Buttner (East Randolph, Vt.) and sophomore Ryan Latorella (Loudon, N.H.) also reached season-best marks in the weight throw, covering 12.19 and 11.88 meters, respectively.

            * Junior Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) impressed in the pole vault, finishing second overall after clearing 3.95 meters.

            * Senior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) recorded a pair of third place finishes after a leap of 12.74 meters in the triple jump and 6.28 meters in the long jump.

            * Junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) placed 11th in the long jump (6.02), with freshman Seamus Therrien (Gilford, N.H.) taking 15th after a season-best of 5.72.

            * Junior Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.) finished sixth in the 800 meter run with a season-best time of 2:01.68, while freshman Kyle Mau (Dover, N.H.) finished 13th in 2:11.44.

            * Shattuck also ran well in the 400 meter dash, placing ninth with a time of 54.26, with junior Chenet Guerrier (Burlington, Mass.) ending up 16th in 55.30.

            * Although none of them qualified for the finals, senior Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.), sophomore Noah Williams (Rochester, N.H.) and freshman Tucker Gosselin (Sanbornville, N.H.) all qualified in the top-20 for the 60 meter dash.

            * Bolden was also the top finisher for the Panthers in the 200 meter dash. His time of 24.14 was good enough for 14th.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Another meet, another standout day from the throws," said head coach John Ostler. "Tim [Gray] and Jacob [Rigoli] were the highlight, each dropping big marks on their last attempts. I'm excited to see them move up to that level. Evan [Dolecki] competed like a senior today. He's been one of our most consistent athletes early and it was nice to see him chip in with two top-three finishes. We're ahead of schedule and better positioned after winter camp than ever before."


            Up Next:

            * PSU heads to Tufts next weekend to compete in the Branwen Smith-King Invitational.




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