Bolden leads Panthers with a pair of victories
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team made its debut in its beautiful new facility Saturday, and not even a 111-104 loss to Colby-Sawyer could put a damper on the excitement of the first home meet in the new George Davis Track.
Freshman Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) was a standout for PSU with a pair of first-place finishes. He won the long jump with a leap of 6.5 meters, and he crossed the finish line first in the 60-meter high hurdles in a time of 8.99 seconds. Both times were good enough to meet the New England Division III Championship meet standards. Bolden also led off the 4x200 relay for the Panthers.
Freshman Micah Peterson (Fremont, N.H.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) were also individual event winners for PSU. Peterson won the 400 meter dash in 53.96 seconds and Bartlett took the 800 meters in 2:07.06. Classmate Matt Elsker (Pittsfield, Mass.) also had a strong performance in the pole vault with a vault of 3.80 meters.
"It was a great home opener," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "We had a very nice improvement over our opening meet. In total we had 10 Little East Conference championship meet qualifying times."
"It was a great day to be a part of Plymouth State Track and Field," added Ostler. "Hosting our first meet has taken a lot of work by a lot of people and it has paid off big time already. Competitively, the athletes recognized the support they had and the excited energy of everyone there to watch and cheer. We got off the a great start in the field. Early wins from Isaiah in the Long jump and Matt's performance in the pole vault got us off on a great foot! The kids' support of one and other never dipped."
After a break for final exams and the holidays, PSU will have another home meet on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2015, hosting the University of Southern Maine.
The Panthers are in their first season since reinstating the sport as a varsity program. Plymouth State had men's track and field in the late 1960s and 1970s before discontinuing the program prior to the 1980 season.
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