Brunnette smashes school record to win 3,000 meter steeplechase
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) used a blistering pace to set a new school record while winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase as three members of the Plymouth State University men's outdoor track and field team competed at the MIT Final Qualifier at Henry G. Steinbrenner Track on Thursday night.
The meet was a non-team scoring event as athletes took advantage of one final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin next weekend.
Just one day after being named Little East Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Track Athlete of the Year, Brunnette shattered his own record by nearly 12.5 seconds to earn the win. His time of 9:04.85 is unofficially the sixth fastest time in the nation and likely guarantees him a spot at the national championship meet. The official field will be announced Saturday morning (9:00 a.m.) on NCAA.com.
Freshman Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) capped an impressive rookie campaign with a fourth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. After posting the second fastest time in the preliminaries (14.94), he ran a 15.03 in the finals. Lewis, named the LEC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Rookie Track Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, has put together top-five finishes in 14 of his 15 events this spring. His school record time of 14.84 seconds, set during the preliminaries of the NCAA Division III New England Championship 12 days ago, is currently the 41st fastest in all of Division III.
Junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) was PSU's third competitor. The veteran competed in the 1,500 meter run, crossing the finish line in 4:05.37 to finish tenth. His season-best time of 3:56.44, set while claiming the Little East title last month, is just outside the top-50 in the country.
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