Bartlett qualifies in school record time; Brunnette also advances
BOSTON, Mass. – Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field seniors Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) both punched their tickets to the finals of their respective events after surviving the preliminaries at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center on Friday.
Bartlett will compete in the finals of the mile run after qualifying with a school-record time, while Brunnette will compete in the finals of the 3000-meter run after posting the seventh-fastest time among the 20 competitors.
Each event ran two heats of ten runners each. The top four finishers in each heat and the next four fastest times advanced to the finals of the 3000m, while the top three in each heat plus the next four fastest moved on to the finals in the mile run.
2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship Meet – No Team Score
How it Happened:
* In typical fashion, Bartlett ran from the front in heat two. Setting a solid pace, he held the lead through the first seven laps of the race.
* He was challenged for the lead momentarily just after the midpoint of the race, but quickly cruised back in front.
* On the homestretch he took a quick look over his shoulder and, when assured of a spot in the finals, he coasted into second while still finishing in a school-record time of 4:09.61.
* Bartlett's time was faster than the entire first heat, and trailed the leader by just 0.12 seconds.
* Brunnette survived a tough heat to advance to the national finals for a second straight year. Running in lane six of heat one, he hung back through the opening 1000 meters.
* Brunnette remained in the back of the pack to the midpoint of the race, when he came around the outside and cruised into third.
* He stayed within the top five up to the start of the bell lap, but slipped back to seventh by the time he crossed the line with a time of 8:24.05.
* With only the top four finishers from each heat guaranteed a spot in the finals, Brunnette was forced to await the results of heat two to determine his fate.
* The top time in the second heat was 8:24.26, slower than the top eight finishers of the first heat, meaning Brunnette would be back in the finals again.
Head Coach John Ostler on Brunnette:
"Survive and advance. It doesn't have to be pretty or dominant today, just get the job done. A couple really good runners didn't make it out of the prelims of the 3000m. Sam executed his race plan well. His last 1000 meters was the fastest he's ever run in a 3k. We talked a lot earlier this week about how relaxed he's going to feel after the prelims and that's where we are now. Now the game is to recover and refocus for tomorrow."
Head Coach John Oster on Bartlett:
"That was a masterpiece. Warren loves to run from the front and he's been executing that strategy smarter this year. One of the keys to success at nationals is to not try to change your DNA … you've just got to do what you do best. That was Warren today."
Senior Sam Brunnette:
"It doesn't matter how many years you go – it never gets easier. It's always a grind."
Senior Warren Bartlett:
"I executed what I wanted to do last year. This year it paid off. I have plenty left in the tank for tomorrow. I'm going to keep this momentum going."
* The duo advance to the finals for a shot at a national championship on Saturday (Mar. 9). Bartlett's mile run finals begin at 3:15 p.m., while Brunnette's 3000-meter run finals are set for 4:55 p.m.
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