Brunnette places 14th in 3,000 meters for Panthers
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – The top distance runner on the Plymouth State University men's track & field team made his first appearance at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon, competing at the championships hosted by North Central College at the Al B. Carius Track at Res/Rec Center.
Sophomore Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) placed 14th in the 3,000 meters for Plymouth State, finishing the race in a time of 8:34.05. He finished more than 15 seconds behind the winner, Williams College senior Peter Hale (8:17.76) and nearly two seconds behind 13th-place finisher, senior Matthew Deyo of MIT. Brunnette, who was third in the race among sophomores, is the first Panther to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships since the varsity program was reinstated two years ago.
"I'm very proud of Sam," said PSU head coach John Ostler. "Getting the experience of racing at this level is so vital. He executed his race plan perfectly. He just found out that runners at this raceare very good at covering moves and don't give away territory."
NCAA Indoor Track & Field
NCAA Division III Championships, North Central College – Naperville, Ill.
Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017
* Brunnette's time was more than 10 seconds off his school-record mark of 8:20.95, set last weekend at a final qualifying meet at Tufts University.
* Brunnette was the Little East Conference Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning LEC championships in the 3000 meters (8:49.45) and mile (4:17.78) one month ago.
Event 12 Men 3000 M
DIII Meet: $ 8:10.40 3/15/2014 John Crain, North Central
Facility: # 8:11.42 2016 John Crain, North Central
Name Year School Finals Points
1 Peter Hale SR Williams 8:17.76 10
2 Nick Petersson SR Wis.-Eau Claire 8:19.78 8
3 Tanner Osing SR Augustana (Ill.) 8:21.58 6
4 Benjamin Fazio SR RPI 8:21.86 5
5 Alec Bass JR Dubuque 8:22.65 4
6 Ernie Pitone SR Widener 8:23.58 3
7 Dhruvil Patel SO North Central 8:23.62 2
8 Jaryd Flank SR Muhlenberg 8:23.96 1
9 Tim Nichols SR Tufts 8:24.47
10 Darin Lau JR Wis.-Eau Claire 8:24.91
11 Zach Hird SO North Central 8:25.78
12 David Chelimo SR Colby 8:29.00
13 Matthew Deyo SR MIT 8:32.12
14 Sam Brunnette SO Plymouth State 8:34.05
15 Dennis Maloney SO MIT 8:36.38
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