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PSU runner earns NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field berth

PSU runner earns NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field berth

Brunnette to represent Panthers at National Championships

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A sophomore on the Plymouth State University men's track & field team has achieved national prominence and will represent his school at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics – the NCAA National Championships.

            Sophomore Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt./North Country Union) has earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships. He becomes the first Panther to qualify for the NCAA Track & Field Championships since the varsity program was reinstated two years ago.

            The NCAA Division III Indoor Championships will take place this Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 at the Al B. Carius Track at Res/Rec Center in Naperville, Illinois, hosted by North Central College. Events will be begin at 10 a.m. each day, with Brunnette slated to compete in one of the final events of the meet, the men's 3,000 meters, on Saturday at 4:15 p.m.

            "I'm exceedingly proud of Sam," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "PSU couldn't ask for a more dedicated student-athlete to represent us on a national stage. Although he's been focused on making it to this level since he began training here two years ago, qualifying for this meet as a sophomore is certainly ahead of schedule. Sam earned his way into the field by racing with confidence and courage, going toe-to-toe with All-American caliber athletes just to qualify. His racing versatility and strategic instincts make him a threat to place very high despite this being his NCAA championship debut. He's ready for this challenge, I'm excited to watch him race."

            Brunnette, who was named the Little East Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year last week, solidified his NCAA berth with an outstanding performance at last weekend's final qualifying meet at Tufts University. Brunnette captured second place in the 3,000 in a time of 8:20.92, which lowers his PSU school record by more than 10 seconds (previously 8:31.20) and stands as the 11th fastest time in Division III this winter. Brunnette will officially be the 10th seed in the 3,000 at the NCAAs.

            All NCAA Championships will be webcast live on NCAA.com. Visit http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule  to watch all the action.

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