Lewis in third place in heptathlon after day one
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) had a solid first day in the heptathlon as competition at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship got underway at the Johnson Athletic Center on the campus of MIT on Friday evening.
Through his first four events, Lewis sits in third place with 2,585 points and is 233 points in back of the leader, Charles Moody from the University of Southern Maine.
The final three events take place Saturday (Feb. 23), when Lewis will be joined by a number of other Panthers for a full day of action.
NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship (Heptathlon) – Lewis, 3rd of 12
How it Happened:
* Lewis opened the heptathlon with the 60-meter dash where matched a personal record, crossing the line fifth in 7.44 seconds.
* He moved up to fourth after the long jump with a leap of 6.29 meters, but dropped one spot after a toss of 9.32 meters in the shot put.
* Lewis closed the day with an impressive performance in the high jump clearing 1.95 meters, matching the PSU indoor record and just 0.03 meters shy of his personal best outdoor mark, to win the event and leapfrog into third place.
* Lewis was in a similar situation in his only other heptathlon competition at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University in late January. He sat in second at the end of the first day with 2,558 points, but was dynamic in the 60-meter hurdles and added a strong 1000-meter run to win with 4,490 points.
* Lewis will compete in the final three events tomorrow; 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and the 1000-meter run.
* Also competing for the Panthers on Saturday will be seniors Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.), junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.), sophomore Tim Gray (Derby, Vt.) and freshmen Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.), Zach Wallace (Wayne, Maine), Sam Pinto-Pannella (Land O' Lakes, Fla.) and Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.), as well as PSU's 4x800-meter relay team.
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