Bartlett wins mile as trio eyes NCAA appearance
MEDFORD, Mass. – Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) and seniors Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) were all in action one final time as the trio attempted to cement their places in the NCAA Division III National Championship at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
Bartlett won the mile run with Brunnette placing sixth, while Lewis finished third after qualifying first in the 60-meter hurdles.
Tufts National Qualifying Meet – No Team Scoring
How it Happened:
* Lewis was explosive in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles, blazing across the line in a school record time of 8.29 seconds to take the top qualifying spot for the finals.
* His finals time of 8.34 seconds left him in third. The two times were the two fastest of his career.
* Bartlett posted a time of 4:14.02 to win the mile run by more than two seconds. Brunnette finished fifth among collegiate competition with a 4:20.96.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I'm a lucky coach because I can always count on my guys to step up the way they did today," said head coach John Ostler. "If this was Terrell's last meet of the indoor season he went down swinging. He thrives on pressure and running his best time today, with everything on the line, is a great achievement even if he comes up short [of qualifying for NCAAs]. Warren should sneak in by a hair in the mile and I can't wait to watch him next week. He's got experience from last year and now he has the weight of qualifying off his shoulders. Today was a good tune up for Sam. He got some valuable track time working on tactics."
* Although not official yet, Brunnette is a lock to appear at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 3000-meter run next week. Bartlett is likely to join him in the mile run, though additional results from other last chance qualifiers from around the country were still coming in. Lewis is on the bubble in the 60-meter hurdles. The trio will find out for sure when the NCAA announces the official field on NCAA.com on Sunday (Mar. 3) at 7:00 p.m. The championships are set for Friday and Saturday (Mar. 8-9) at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.
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