Panthers win five of six field events on Senior Day
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team captured five of six field events on the way to taking home the team title at the Panther Invitational at the George Davis Track at Bank of New Hampshire Field House on Saturday.
Prior to the meet Plymouth State honored its senior class before unveiling a new area displaying PSU's All-America winners.
Overall the Panthers won eight total events, including a school-record performance by sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) in the 60-meter hurdles, and a school and track-record in the distance medley relay.
PSU amassed 150 points to top a pair of Little East Conference foes for the team title. Eastern Connecticut State finished second with 125 points, with Keene State finishing third with 88 points. After entering the season without a team title in program history, PSU has won three titles among the five scored meets this winter.
Panther Invitational – 1st of 11 Teams
How it Happened:
* Lewis continued his strong season after qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles in school-record time (8.46). He followed that with an 8.53 in the finals to win the event.
* The standout also took the title in the high jump after clearing 1.80 meters.
* Senior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) celebrated Senior Day with an impressive pair of performances in the long jump and triple jump. He was the outright winner in the long jump with a personal record of 6.57 meters, and the top collegiate finisher in the triple jump after reaching 12.88 meters.
* Senior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) captured the mile run title with a time of 4:21.30.
* Junior Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) soared past the field in the pole vault after a season-best of 4.30 meters.
* Bartlett, juniors Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.) and Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) and senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) shattered the Davis Track record in the distance medley relay. Their time of 10:19.89 set a new school record, topped the previous track record by more than 25 seconds and is currently the top time in the country.
* Senior Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) joined forces with freshman Tucker Gosselin (Sanbornville, N.H.) and juniors Chenet Guerrier (Burlington, Mass.) and Davies to finish third in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:36.27.
* The PSU sprinters had a strong day as Bolden and Gosselin both qualified for the 60-meter dash finals and sophomore Noah Williams (Rochester, N.H.) and Guerrier both narrowly missed reaching the finals.
* Bolden finished second in the finals with a season-best time of 7.27 seconds, while Gosselin also posted a season best time (7.30) to finish fifth.
* Belanger and junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) finished fifth and sixth in the 400-meter dash with a pair of season-best performances. Belanger crossed the line in 53.67 seconds, with Shattuck finishing in 53.80.
* Platt took seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.04.
* Freshman Noah Couitt (Swansea, Mass.) took ninth in the 200-meter dash with a season best time of 24.37.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I love watching our guys at home," said head coach John Ostler. "They always step up. I can't say enough about the balanced attack in the field events. Winning five of six field events makes us a tough team to beat. Evan [Dolecki] is a senior captain and he showed up today. We don't win the meet if he doesn't win the long jump on his last jump. That happened early in the day for us and really rallied the group. The guys DMR, 50% seniors, rose to the occasion too. That was not a cupcake school record they broke. They'll end up high on the national list at the end of the weekend and they earned it. Overall I was thrilled to send the seniors off with a win in a great last home regular season meet. We'll get some rest and put our best foot forward in two weeks at the championships."
* Plymouth State heads to Boston University for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational next Saturday (Feb. 9).
|PSU seniors Tendler, Chappell, Dolecki, Bolden, Brunnette and Bartlett with family members and head coach John Ostler|
Head coach John Ostler with PSU's All-America selections, senior Sam Brunnette and Dave Severance '81, as the trio unveil an area showcasing their certificates
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