Lewis, Rigoli with top-10 national marks for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.) both reached top-ten marks in the nation to pace the Plymouth State University men's indoor track and field team at the Mary Grinaker Invitational at Smith College on Saturday.
Lewis established a school record on the way to winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.24 seconds, which ranks among the best in the nation. Rigoli continued his impressive run by shattering his own record in the weight throw by more than 1.40 meters to also rank among the top-ten nationally. Freshman Michael Olson (Sutton, Mass.) joined in the fun to establish a new program mark in the 800-meter run.
The non-scoring event featured NCAA Division I and II schools from throughout New England.
Mary Grinaker Invitational – No Team Scoring
How it Happened:
- Lewis had a banner day. He set the new school mark in the 60-meter hurdles, placed second in the high jump (1.93 meters) and was one of four Panthers to reach the finals of the long jump, where he took fifth place after clearing 6.40 meters.
- Rigoli anchored the throwers with his school record toss in the weight throw. His throw of 16.97 meters easily topped his previous record of 15.56 meters established just last month. He also took second in the shot put after a heave of 13.02 meters.
- Sophomore Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) finished just behind Rigoli in the shot put, placing third with a toss of 12.91 meters.
- Olson shaved 0.30 seconds off the school record mark in the 800 meter run after winning the event in 1:58.65. Senior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) took fourth in the event after crossing the line in 2:03.18.
- Freshman Owen Billin (Meredith, N.H.) took third in the triple jump after covering 12.80 meters.
- Freshman Ian Griffiths (Bedford, Mass.), junior Noah Williams (Rochester, N.H.) and senior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) also qualified for the long jump finals.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"My expectations were low for the guys today because I knew we'd been grinding in training during the winter camp," said head coach John Ostler. "I'm very pleasantly surprised with the performance. I knew our effort would still be there, but to come away with so many PRs, school records and national caliber marks is inspiring."
- Plymouth State heads to Southern Maine for the USM Invitational III next Saturday (Jan. 25).
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