Lewis, Bartlett, 4x800 relay team earn All-New England status
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.), senior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and the 4x800-meter relay team all captured All-New England status to lead the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team to a 15th place finish at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship at the Johnson Athletic Center on the campus of MIT on Saturday.
Lewis took third in the heptathlon, Bartlett earned a fourth place finish in the mile run and the relay squad of freshman Ben Platt (Manchester, N.H.), juniors Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.) and Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) and Bartlett finished sixth.
Freshman Zach Wallace (Wayne, Maine) also impressed after recording a season best to finish tenth in the shot put.
The Panthers earned 14 team points to finish 15th in New England. Host MIT took the top spot with 164 points, with Tufts University (78) and WPI (67) rounding out the top three.
NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship – 15th of 23 Teams
How it Happened:
* Lewis claimed All-New England status after a strong second day. He entered competition in third place after Friday's events, and kicked off Saturday by winning the 60-meter hurdles in 8.40 seconds. His time was just 0.04 off his season best.
* After clearing 2.90 meters in the pole vault, he established a new season best in the 1000-meter run, topping his previous mark by more than five seconds, to pick up valuable points. His overall point total of 4,610 established a new program record and is currently a top-15 mark in the nation.
* Bartlett also picked up All-New England honors after a strong performance in a top-heavy field in the mile run. Bartlett finished fourth with a time of 4:13.99 in a race in which the top four finishers were separated by roughly three seconds.
* The Panthers' 4x800-meter relay team of Platt, Belanger, Byington and Bartlett also claimed All-New England honors after placing sixth with a time of 8:06.46, just off the school-record pace from last weekend.
* Wallace recorded a mark of 13.86 meters to eclipse his previous best by 0.17 on the way to the top-ten finish in the shot put.
* Junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) finished 24th in the long jump with a leap of 5.96 meters.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Terrell [Lewis] never gave up today," said head coach John Ostler. "He had some rocky events, but he followed each down event with an exceptional performance. His maturity earned him his PR today. Warren [Bartlett] ran strong and brave today in the mile. He's rounding into form and today was good championship racing experience he'll draw upon in two weeks. Zach [Wallace] was the shocker today. What a great performance for a freshman."
* A select group of athletes will head to Tufts University next Saturday (Mar. 2) for one last chance to reach qualifying marks and earn a spot at the NCAA Division III National Championship meet.
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