Brunnette double-winner; Panthers post highest finish in program history
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) was a double-winner and classmate Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) also captured a Little East Conference (LEC) title to lead the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team to a second place finish at the LEC Indoor Track & Field Championship at George E. Davis '63 Track at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House on Saturday.
The second place finish is the highest-ever for the program at the LEC Championship.
Brunnette took home the LEC title in the 3000-meter run, his fourth in a row, and also captured a third-straight mile run title, while Bartlett was crowned the champion in the 1000-meter run for the fourth straight year. Bartlett also ran the anchor leg of the Panthers' winning 4x800-meter relay, which took first in school record time.
Plymouth State accumulated 99 points to finish second behind the University of Southern Maine (231), ranked #10 in the country in the latest National Rating Index.
LEC Indoor Track & Field Championships – 2nd of 8 Teams
How it Happened:
* Brunnette continued his mastery of the LEC with a dominant performance in the 3000m. His time of 8:34.88 was nearly 21 seconds faster than his closest competition, while he ran a season-best mile time (4:20.38) to win by over three seconds.
* Not to be outdone, Bartlett posted a school-record time in the 1000m, finishing in 2:29.50.
* Bartlett teamed up with freshman Ben Platt (Manchester, N.H.) and juniors Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.) and Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) to set a new record on the way to the 4x800-meter relay title. The quartet finished in 8:06.21 to top the previous mark by over four seconds.
* Byington also took second behind Bartlett in the 1000m, finishing with a season-best time of 2:38.10.
* Sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) shaved 0.10 seconds off the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing second in the preliminaries in 8.36. His 8.45 finals time was good enough for runner-up.
* Sophomore Marcus Cryan (Topsfield, Mass.) set a new school record in the 5000-meter run, finishing third with a time of 16:17.32, just shy of 12 seconds faster than the previous mark.
* Junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) led a trio of Panthers in the long jump. Shattuck took third with a jump of 6.43 meters, with Lewis finishing fifth (6.22m) and senior Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) in sixth (6.20m).
* Dolecki added a fourth place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 13.11 meters.
* Freshman Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) led the PSU throwing corps with a third place finish in the shot put after reaching 13.83 meters. Classmates Zach Wallace (Wayne, Maine) and Sam Pinto-Pannella (Land O' Lakes, Fla.) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"What a high-water mark for our program," said head coach John Ostler. "We were projected to finish third and score 81 points, so to capture runner-up and nearly get into triple digits is a nice success for us. Our guys are gamers; many of our biggest point-scoring performances happened the second event of a double, when guys are tired or beat up. Warren [Bartlett] and Sam [Brunnette] put a nice signature on a historic LEC indoor career. Winning their primary events four consecutive years is such a feat. I'm really proud of that 4x800 relay, too. We've been so close on that relay indoors that it's a relief to break through and win it."
* Qualifying athletes will head to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship next weekend at MIT.
|Brunnette - Mile Run, 3000m Run||4x800m Relay (L-R): Platt, Belanger, Byington, Bartlett||Bartlett - 1000m Run|
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