Bartlett, Brunnette, Rosario lead Panthers with individual LEC titles
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's track & field team had three individual c hampions and one relay winner Saturday afternoon as the Panthers placed sixth as a team in the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships, hosted by Westfield State University at the Jerry Gravel Track.
Sophomore Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) captured the LEC and Alliance championship in the 3000 meter steeplechase, while sophomore Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) did the same in the 1500 meters. Freshman Eric Rosario (Methuen, Mass.) took the LEC title and place third in the Alliance in the 400 meters.
Plymouth State also had the LEC and Alliance champion in the 4x800 meter relay, as sophomore Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.), freshman Noah Byington (Hanscomb AFB, Mass.), Brunnette and Bartlett avenged their loss in the same race at the indoor championships.
The University of Southern Maine took the team title with 184 points, comfortably ahead of runner-up University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (125). PSU was sixth with 57 points.
NCAA Men's Track & Field
Little East Conference & New England Alliance Championships, at Westfield State University (Jerry Gravel Track), Westfield, Mass. – Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
LEC Team Scores: Southern Maine 184, UMass Dartmouth 125, UMass Boston 103, Rhode Island College 73, Eastern Connecticut 59, Plymouth State 57, Keene State 44
* Brunnette, the LEC indoor champion and an NCAA Indoor Championships participant in the 3000 meters in March, won the steeplechase Saturday in a time of 9:29.91, less than a second off the meet record. His performance is the fifth-fastest time in New England this spring and ranks 40th nationally.
* Bartlett, the LEC indoor champion at 1000 meters, won Saturday's 1500 meters by more than two seconds over the runner-up runner due to a strong finish in the last 100 meters. His school-record time of 3:56.08 stands as the 10th-best time in New England this spring.
* Rosario lowered his own school record in the 400 meters with an LEC winning time of 48.94 seconds. His performance is the eighth fastest time in New England this spring and ranks 46th nationally in Division III.
* PSU's 4x800 meter relay team bounced back from a heartbreaking loss in the event at the indoor championships, when the Panthers were leading until the last 100m when they were passed by four teams. "Winning this event outdoors has been a goal since moments after that event ended," said PSU head coach John Ostler. PSU's time of 8:02.01 is the ninth-fastest performance in New England this spring, and was less than two seconds off the meet record.
* Other Panthers who scored points in individual events included sophomore Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.), who was seventh in the 110 meter high hurdles in 16.05 seconds; and Byington, who was seventh in the 1500 meters in a PR 4:10.10.
* The Panthers will sent a contingent of athletes who have qualified to the New England Division III Championships next weekend, hosted by Williams College. The Panthers will have entries in some field events on Friday with the majority of the events taking place on Saturday.
|Warren Bartlett||Sam Brunnette||Eric Rosario||Byington, Brunnette, Bartlett, Saunders|
|LEC 1500 Meter Champion||LEC 3000 Meter Steeplechase Champion||LEC 400 Meter Dash Champion||LEC 4x800 Meter Relay Champions|
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