Brunnette, Lewis named Track and Rookie Track Athletes of the Year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) were selected by the head coaches of the Little East Conference (LEC) as two of the conference's major Men's Outdoor Track and Field award winners, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Brunnette was voted the Men's Outdoor Track and Field Track Athlete of the Year, while Lewis was selected as the Men's Outdoor Track and Field Rookie Track Athlete of the Year.
Brunnette continued his banner year with a solid spring. It is his third straight Athlete of the Year award, after being selected as Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year in the fall, and Men's Indoor Track and Field Track Athlete of the Year this winter. Brunnette went on to earn All-America status at both national championships. His outdoor season has been equally as strong. He finished no lower than second in any of his entries in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, including a school and LEC record of 9:17.26 at the LEC Championships on Apr. 28. He has also entered the 5,000 meter run twice this spring with a pair of first place finishes. He set a school record at the Silfen Invitational on Apr. 13 with a time of 14:41.22, then earned All-New England honors after winning the NCAA Division III New England Championships in 14:48.70. Brunnette was also part of the PSU 4x800 meter relay team that set a school and conference record on its way to a first place finish at the LEC Championships.
Lewis has burst onto the scene, posting top five finishes in 13 of his 14 competitions across three events. He has finished first or second in the finals of the 110 hurdles in each of his entries. He set a school record time of 14.84 seconds in the preliminaries at DIII New England's, then went on to finish second with a 14.87 in the finals, garnering All-New England honors in the process. Lewis also reached All-New England status in the long jump after putting forth his best effort of the year, a leap of 6.71 meters (22' 0.25"), at the New England Championships to finish seventh. That was his only finish outside of the top five in any of his events all spring. Lewis also set a school record in the high jump during his first competition of the season when he cleared 1.98 meters (6' 6") on Mar. 31 at Tufts University.
The duo will compete Thursday (May 17), along with junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.), at the MIT Final Qualifier in hopes of reaching the NCAA DIII National Championships later this month.
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