Brunnette breaks 40-year old record, wins 5,000 meters
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) shattered a 40-year old school record on his way to a first place finish in the 5,000 meter run at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College on Friday night.
Brunnette cruised to the win finishing more than nine seconds ahead of the second place finisher to easily take the title among the field of 28 of the top NCAA Division III runners in New England. His time of 14:41.22 was nearly five seconds faster than the previous school mark and is currently good enough for the 16th fastest in the country. It was Brunnette's first entry in the 5,000 meters this outdoor season.
"Sam opened his outdoor season in earnest tonight and made a big statement," said head coach John Ostler. "I was eager to see how he'd hold up in the fourth and fifth kilometer and in fact the fourth was his fastest of the race and he did it alone. He was strong and smooth in his longest race since cross country season and was most impressive after he eased away from the field and was only pushing himself."
Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) also competed for the Panthers, placing 26th in the 1,500 meter run. Bartlett posted a time of 4:13.81 while competing in the event for the first time this spring.
"Anytime Warren can get championship caliber competition will only serve to better prepare him," said Ostler. "I have no doubt he'll learn from this race, stay diligent and turn in the race results he's proud of in the very near future."
The duo will join the rest of the team on Saturday (Apr. 14) for the Penmen Relays at Southern New Hampshire University.
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