Brunnette, Bartlett both finish seventh in respective events
BOSTON, Mass. – The top runners for the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team both earned All-America honors in their respective events to cap off a brilliant weekend at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
Seniors Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) both finished seventh in the finals of their events, securing the highest finishes for a Panther at the indoor championships in program history.
Bartlett claims his first All-America honors after qualifying with the second fastest time in the mile run, while Brunnette earns the distinction in the 3000-meter run for the second straight year and the fourth time in his remarkable career.
2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship Meet – T-48th of 116 Teams
How it Happened:
* Less than 24 hours after setting a school record in the mile run preliminaries, Bartlett was back in prime form. In typical fashion he wasted little time getting to the front of the pack.
* Bartlett maintained a clear lead through the first four laps, but the gap closed early in the fifth lap.
* He dropped back to fourth during the fifth lap, then slipped to sixth at the start of the final lap.
* Running in a tight cluster, Bartlett crossed the line in 4:09.91 to claim seventh and becoming just the third athlete in program history to earn All-America honors.
* The fourth through seventh place finishers were separated by just 0.40 seconds.
* Bartlett's time was the second fastest of his career, and just 0.30 seconds behind his school-record pace set in Friday's prelims.
* Brunnette executed a very different game plan, hanging back through the majority of the race.
* He sat in 11th with four laps to go, but quickly made a move to the outside to jump into ninth.
* With two laps remaining he snuck into eighth and he gained seventh place at the start of the final lap.
* He outstretched the competition to cross the line in seventh among a flurry of finishers.
* His time of 8:17.64 was the second fastest of his career, just 0.80 seconds off his season-best and school record time.
* The fourth through eighth place finishers crossed the line within 0.80 seconds of one another.
* Brunnette topped his eighth place finish from the 2018 indoor championships by exactly five seconds.
Head Coach John Ostler:
"It's so fitting having both of these guys finish in seventh. They wouldn't be as great as they are without the other. Warren's race was a nice way to cap a great progression. Going from narrowly missing as a sophomore to a prelim casualty last year to finally breaking through. Sam was on pure guts in the final. Two 3000-meters in two days is brutal, but if I've learned anything in four years it's that Sam is comfortable when the races get tough."
Senior Sam Brunnette:
"It went mostly to plan for how I felt. I was just trying to stay in it early. In the middle of the race I was just trying to pick good spots to move up without spending too much time in lane two. I was hoping that my legs had a good last lap in them. I was pretty proud to close in 29 seconds."
Senior Warren Bartlett:
"The race went exactly the way I thought it would go. I was just running on instincts when I was in the lead. I think I had every single emotion going through my head in the last lap, ending with joy. Thanks to everyone who helped me get here."
* The conclusion of the national championship meet marks the end of the duo's indoor track & field careers, though the outdoor season kicks off later this month.
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