Bartlett, Saunders, Dolecki also perform well for Panthers
HANOVER, N.H. – Freshmen Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) continued his outstanding rookie campaign Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University men's indoor track & field team at the Dartmouth Indoor Classic at the Leverone Field House at Dartmouth College.
The meet was a non-scoring event with more than a dozen teams from all three NCAA Divisions. PSU sent a contingent of 15 athletes who competed in 12 different events.
Bolden had another terrific performance in the 60 meter dash, placing third among the 45 competitors. He finished second in the preliminaries with a season-best time of 7.08 seconds, and lowered that mark in the finals to 7.02 to place third. Freshman Cam Atherton (Rowley, Mass.) and junior George Speechley (Barrington, N.H.) also ran their fastest times in the 60 meters, finishing in 7.46 and 7.55 seconds, respectively.
Freshman Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) had a solid run for the Panthers in the 1000 meters, completing the event in 2:42.51 to place sixth. Classmate Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) topped his season-best in the 500 meter run 1:08.79 to place 10th, and freshman Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) finished in the top 11 in two events, placing eighth in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump.
All four of PSU's entries in the mile run recorded their fastest times of the season. Freshman Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.) ran a 4:41.56 and classmate Casey Reale (Georgetown, Mass.) finished in 4:52.89, both Little East Conference championship qualifying times, while junior Nat Smyth (Plymouth, N.H.) and senior Tim Lindberg (Jericho, Vt.) finished in 4:57.35 and 4:59.38, respectively.
PSU's distance medley relay team lowered its fastest time of the year as Bartlett, Saunders, sophomore Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) and freshman Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) placed third with a time of 10:35.70, which meets the ECAC Championships qualifying standard.
The Panthers will host the Little East Conference Championships and the New England Alliance Championships next Saturday at the George Davis Track, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
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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