Dolecki, Bartlett post runner-up finishes to lead Panthers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team opened the outdoor season Saturday at the Corsair Classic, a non-scoring meet at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth that included more than a dozen teams.
The Panthers sent a full contingent to the meet, and achieved two runner-up performances and eight top-10 finishes in individual events, as well as finishing in the top five in both relay races.
Freshmen Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) led the Panthers with second-place finishes, with Dolecki also earning a third place. Bartlett was second among 42 runners in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:12.94, two and a half seconds behind Benjamin Bunnell of Colby-Sawyer College, and Dolecki was second among 23 competitors in the long jump with a leap of 19-feet, 9-inches, almost two feet behind Joshua Nixon-Daily of Lasell College. Dolecki was also third in the triple jump with a leap of 40-feet, 4.75-inches.
Freshman Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) turned in a fourth-place finish for the Panthers in the 400-meter dash, and classmate Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) took seventh in the 200-meter dash in 23.79 seconds.
Freshman Dean Squires (Derry, N.H.) had a strong effort in two field events, placing fourth in the javelin with a throw of 149-feet, 7-inches and 10th in the hammer throw with a mark of 91-feet. Classmate Jake Ozoonian (Windham, N.H.) placed 10th in the shot put with a heave of 37-feet, 2.25-inches.
PSU will compete again next Saturday at the Amherst College Invitational.
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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