Roper sets record in shot put as throws corps impresses
MEDFORD, Mass. – Freshman Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) set a school record in the shot put and the Plymouth State University men's outdoor track and field throws corps got off to a strong start as the Panthers opened the outdoor season at the Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts University at Dussault Track on Saturday.
Roper's record-breaking throw topped a 30+ year old mark held by Hall of Famer Bill Stumpf '76, and was good enough to finish second overall. As a group the Panthers' throwers accumulated nine top-15 finishes on the day.
Plymouth State accumulated 18 points to finish 11th in the field of 19.
Snowflake Classic – 11th of 19 Teams
How it Happened:
* Roper finished second in the shot put with his record-breaking throw of 13.91 meters, while freshman Sam Pinto-Pannella (Land O' Lakes, Fla.) finished fifth with a toss of 12.99 meters.
* Freshman Zach Wallace (Wayne, Maine) and junior Ted Proctor (Marlborough, N.H.) also posted top-15 finishes in the event. Wallace finished 11th with a throw of 12.37 meters, while Proctor ended up 13th with a toss of 11.41 meters.
* Freshman Dillon Buttner (East Randolph, Vt.) and classmate Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.) took 12th and 14th respectively in the discus throw. Buttner reached 34.76 meters, while Rigoli was just behind him with a 33.86 meter throw.
* Rigoli and sophomore Tim Gray (Derby, Vt.) finished neck-and-neck in the hammer throw. Rigoli took seventh with a 42.60 meter throw, while Gray was eighth after reaching 42.41 meters.
* Junior Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) finished eighth in the long jump, clearing 6.26 meters.
* Sophomore Jared Wolf (Tyngsborough, Mass.) took tenth in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 34:51.64.
* The Panthers' 4x400-meter relay team finished eighth overall. Shattuck and juniors Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.), Chenet Guerrier (Burlington, Mass.) and Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.) combined for a 3:32.99.
* Byington also led the Panthers in the 1,500-meter run with a 28th place finish after crossing the line in 4:17.36.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our throws group is very well-rounded," said head coach John Ostler. "To be that young, but still show up and perform consistently and across multiple events is a luxury for any head coach. The best part is there are at least two potential point scorers in each event. They are all going to push each other and we're going to be able to count on big point hauls each week. The 800m crew showed some nice depth today. Hunter [Burns] is a welcome new addition to an event where we already figure to be pretty strong."
* PSU heads to Southern New Hampshire University for the SNHU Opener next Saturday (Apr. 6).
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