PSU Men’s Track & Field places sixth at Tufts Stampede

PSU Men’s Track & Field places sixth at Tufts Stampede

Bolden, Bartlett capture victories for Panthers; Brunnette runner-up 

            MEDFORD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's indoor track & field team had two individual winners and one runner-up Saturday and took sixth place out of 15 teams at the Tufts Stampede at the Gantcher Center.

            PSU scored 45 points to take sixth place, behind fifth-place Fitchburg State University (67.5 points) and ahead of seventh-place Wesleyan University (40.5). Tufts ran away with the team title, scoring 212.5 points, ahead of runner-up Stonehill College (129) and third-place Worcester State University (82).

            The Panthers got outstanding performances from freshmen Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.), Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.).

            Bolden won the 60 meter dash in a time of 7.09 seconds, outrunning a field of 47 sprinters in a time that qualifies him for the ECAC Championships in March. Bartlett captured first place in the 1,000 meter run in 2:37.82, outrunning a field of 17 runners. Brunnette took second place in the mile run, finishing runner-up among 36 runners with a time of 4:23.42.

            "Isaiah switched back to the 60m dash from the hurdles to work on his pure speed," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "In the final he used a good start from the blocks to open up a small gap that grew steadily over the 60m race. Warren just missed the big post-season qualifying mark. Despite being ranked third in the event going into the race, he took the lead with two laps to go and never gave it up."

            "The mile went out at a break neck pace and Sam wisely hung back," said Ostler. "He spent time in last place early on but steadily moved up before passing a trio of runners in the final 100 meters to cap off a great second half."

            Freshman Cam Atherton (Rowley, Mass.) hit the Little East Conference championship standard in the 200 meter dash for the first time, placing 12th in a time of 23.99 seconds. Sophomore Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) and freshman Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) made strong season debuts in the 800 meter run, placing eighth and ninth , respectively, with times of 2:04.23 and 2:04.49.

            Four other Panther athletes posted personal bests – freshman Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) in the 200 meter dash (24.46 seconds), senior Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.) in the mile run (5:00.38), freshman Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.), 10th in the 3,000 meters (9:39.68), and freshman Connor Mullins (Salem, N.H.) in the weight throw (10.89 meters/35'8.75").

            Freshman Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) scored points for PSU in two events, placing fifth in the triple jump and seventh in the long jump.

            "Today gives our team great confidence heading into the second half of the season," said Ostler. "Nearly everyone achieved or came close to a season best performance today. Wins by Isaiah Bolden and Warren Bartlett are major shots of energy and confidence for our young team. Performances like those show me that we're not letting our youth be a factor anymore. The guys are just now getting comfortable and letting their hard work and talent, not age, dictate the outcome of their events."

            The Panthers compete again next Saturday at the Dartmouth College Indoor Classic. PSU will host the Little East Conference championships and the New England Alliance Championships at the new Davis Track on Saturday, Feb. 13.

            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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