Panthers eyeing program's first team title
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's indoor track & field team will head to the University of Southern Maine for the Little East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday (Feb. 22).
The well-rounded Panthers have high hopes of meeting or improving on last winter's program-best second place finish and with top talent and solid depth in a number of events the squad is well-positioned to accomplish just that.
Who to Watch:
- PSU's throwing corps has been a strength all season long, and there is little reason to believe things will be any different this weekend. Sophomore Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.) is the top seed in the weight throw with his best toss nearly two full meters better than his closest competition. Junior Ryan Latorella (Loudon, N.H.) is also a top-five seed, while sophomore Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) and Rigoli enter the shot put as the third and fifth seeds.
- Junior Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) is the man to beat as the top seed in the 55-meter hurdles and should also contend in the long jump. Plymouth State has never won either event at the LEC championship meet.
- Senior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) and freshman Luke Gomes (Litchfield, N.H.) are both top-five seeds in the 1000-meter run.
- Freshman Mikey Baker (Westford, Vt.) has a shot at claiming the pole vault title as he enters as the second seed, while classmate Michael Olson (Sutton, Mass.) is expected to be among the top finishers in the 800-meter run and mile run.
- Freshman Owen Billin (Meredith, N.H.) also has a chance to make some noise in the triple jump.
- The Panthers relay squads are all within striking distance of a title. The 4x800-meter team has the top seed time by more than seven seconds, while the 4x200-meter crew is seeded second just 0.32 seconds off the pace of the top finisher. Additionally, the Panthers' 4x400-meter squad is seeded third.
- Plymouth State has made gradual improvements at the championship over the last four years, finishing fifth in 2016 and third in 2017 and 2018, before posting a program-best second place finish last winter.
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