Dolecki, Bolden, Squires with top performances for Panthers
AMHERST, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team had several strong performances in field events Saturday as the Panthers placed eighth out of nine schools at the Amherst College Spring Fling.
Freshman Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) led the Panthers with a pair of third-place finishes in the jumps. He finished third in the long jump with a mark of 6.41 meters (21'0.5"), which reaches the New England Division III Championships qualifying mark, and he took third in the triple jump with a personal-best performance of 12.47 meters (40'11").
Freshman Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) reached the New England Division III Championships qualifying mark in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.22 seconds, which was good for third place. Bolden was also 10th in the long jump with a Little East Conference Championship qualifying mark of 5.73 meters (18'9.75").
PSU had a pair of top 10 finishes in the javelin, as sophomore Dean Squires (Derry, N.H.) placed third with a mark of 48.57 meters (159'4") and junior Darion Bartibogue (Falmouth, Mass.) was ninth with a 43.40 (142'5"). Both Panther throws are Little East Championship qualifying marks. Freshman Jake Ozoonian (Windham, N.H.) hit the LEC qualifying mark in the shot put with a personal-best heave of 11.79 meters (38'8.2'5").
Two Panthers finished fifth in their event with LEC qualifying marks – junior Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) in the high jump (1.79 meters/5'10.5") and freshman Matt Elsker (Pittsfield, Mass.) in the pole vault (3.90 meters/12'9.5").
Several PSU runners met LEC qualifying times on the track -- freshman Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) in the 100 meters (11.69 seconds) and 200 meters (24.05); freshman Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and sophomore Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) in the 800 meters (2:00.82 and 2:02.55, respectively); freshman Casey Reale (Georgetown, Mass.) in the 1500 meters (4:27.94); and freshman Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.) in the 5000 meters (16:24.18).
WPI won the team title with 144 points, followed by Coast Guard (89), Amherst (78), Brandeis (68), Trinity (66), Williams (63), Wesleyan (43), PSU (30), and Connecticut College (24).
PSU will compete again next Saturday at the Eric Loeschner Memorial meet at Fitchburg State University.
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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