Bartlett, Brunette post qualifying performances for Panthers
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team recorded two New England Division III Championships qualifying performances and eight Little East Conference qualifying marks Saturday at MIT's Sean Collier Invitational, a non-team scoring event at MIT's Steinbrenner Track.
Freshmen Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Sam Brunnette (Jericho, Vt.) led the Panthers with New England Championships qualifying times on the track. Bartlett ran a 4:01.58 in the 1500 meters to finish second in the field of 39 runners, and Brunnette completed the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:05.91, placing third in the race. Classmate Cameron Pavao (Methuen, Mass.) also finished the steeplechase in 10:36.62 to meet the LEC qualifying standard.
PSU had several sprinters reach Little East qualifying times. Junior George Speechley (Barrington, N.H.) ran the 100 meter dash in 11.7 seconds; freshmen Isiah Trask (Turner, Maine) and Caleb Daigle (Fort Fairfield, Maine) finished the 200 meter dash in 23.46 and 23.69 seconds, respectively; and freshman Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) and sophomore Brendan Polichronopoulos (Penacook, N.H.) were clocked in the 400 meters in 51.66 and 52.33 seconds, respectively.
Freshman Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) posted his top long jump of the season with a mark of 5.98 meters, and junior Sam Webber (Derry, N.H.) reached the LEC qualifying standard in the same event with a leap of 5.70 meters. Freshman Jake Ozoonian (Windham, N.H.) was the top thrower with a personal-best mark of 11.97 meters in the shot put.
The Panthers have a big meet next Saturday at the Little East Conference Championships and New England Alliance Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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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