Bolden, Elsker, Bartlett post key performances for Panthers
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team posted a number of strong performances Saturday at the Eric Loeschner Invitational, a non-team scoring event at Fitchburg State University.
Freshman Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) recorded a pair of top-five finishes for the Panthers. He placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a personal-best time of 16.05 seconds, and he took fifth among 79 competitors in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.23 seconds, which meets the New England Division III Championships qualifying mark. He had previously reached the New England qualifying standard in the hurdles.
Freshman Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) recorded a third-place finish in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:15.60. Classmate Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.) placed sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase in a Little East Conference Championships qualifying time of 10:50.56, and freshman Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) was seventh in the 800 meters in a Little East qualifying time of 2:00.61.
Other Panthers who eclipsed the LEC Championships qualifying marks on the track included freshman Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) in the 100 meters (11.54 seconds); freshman Cam Atherton (Rowley, Mass.) in the 100 meters (11.67) and 200 meters (23.63); freshman Thomas Helm (Walpole, Mass.) in the 400 meters (53.59); and freshman Casey Reale (Georgetown, Mass.) in the 5,000 meters (17:58.07).
Freshman Matt Elsker (Pittsfield, Mass.) led the Panthers in the field events with a fifth place finish in the pole vault, posting a New England Division III Championships qualifying mark of 4.10 meters/13'5.25"). Freshman Evan Dolecki (New Hartford, Conn.) finished seventh in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.
Freshman Connor Mullins (Salem, N.H.) was the top Panther performers in the throws, placing seventh in the discus with a personal-best mark of 36.18 meters. Freshman Jake Ozoonian (Windham, N.H.) recorded a personal-best mark of 11.87 meters in the shot put, and sophomore Dean Squires (Derry, N.H.) placed eighth in the javelin and 14th in the hammer.
PSU will compete again next Saturday at the Sean Collier Memorial meet at MIT.
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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