Brunnette, 4x800 relay team set new LEC records
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and the Plymouth State University men's outdoor track and field 4x800 meter relay team both set new Little East Conference (LEC) records at the LEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Swenson Field on the campus of Bridgewater State University on Saturday.
Plymouth State finished fourth among the seven LEC teams, earning a total of 75 points. The University of Southern Maine (145) narrowly edged out the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (144) for the LEC title, with the University of Massachusetts Boston (114) finishing third.
PSU was sixth out of the 12 New England Alliance teams, a combination of LEC and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) schools. Host Bridgewater State earned the NEA men's title with 166 points, topping UMass Dartmouth (108.5) and Southern Maine (86). Plymouth scored 66 points.
Brunnette set a new Plymouth State and LEC record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:17.26. He topped his own previous school record by over nine seconds and set the LEC meet standard by nearly 12 seconds.
Brunnette also ran the second leg of the Panthers' 4x800 meter relay team, which set a school record with a time of 7:55.40. That time was also just under five seconds faster than the previous LEC Championship meet record. Joining Brunnette were sophomore Noah Byington (Hanscomb AFB, Mass.) and junior Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.). Bartlett was particularly impressive, anchoring the team while holding off a pair of individual 800 meter national qualifiers to finish in first.
Bartlett also won an individual title in the 1,500 meter run with a season-best time of 3:56.44. He finished more than ten seconds ahead of the closest competitor.
Freshmen Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) and Joey Baylus (Loudon, N.H.) and sophomore Zach Bassett (Pascoag, R.I.) continued Plymouth State's strong season in the 110 hurdles. All three qualified for the finals with Lewis and Baylus in the top two spots and Bassett finishing fourth with a personal record time of 15.94 seconds. Lewis matched his own school record (15.11) to win the finals, with Baylus posting an impressive personal record of 15.15 to take second. He topped his previous best by 0.46 seconds.
Lewis added a fourth place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.93 meters (6' 4") and a personal record in the long jump (6.56 meters, 21' 6.25") to finish fifth.
Sophomore Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) set a new school record while winning the pole vault title after clearing 4.40 meters (14' 5.25").
Freshman Tim Gray (Derby, Vt.) set a school record in the hammer throw, covering a distance of 42.75 meters (140' 3"), while also reaching a personal-best 12.44 meters (40' 9.75") in the shot put.
Senior Dean Squires Jr. (Derry, N.H.) capped his career with a new personal record in the hammer throw with a toss of 41.56 meters (136' 4").
A number of Panthers have reached the qualifying marks for next weekend's New England DIII Championships at MIT. Events will take place on Friday (May 4) and Saturday (May 5).
|Brunnette - Steeplechase||Bartlett - 1500m||Bartlett, Saunders, Brunnette, Byington - 4x800||Lewis - 110 Hurdles||Davies - Pole Vault|
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