Rigoli wins discus, hammer throw to lead Panthers
HOOKSETT, N.H. – Freshman Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.) was a double-winner to lead the Plymouth State University men's outdoor track & field team to a second place finish at the inaugural Southern New Hampshire University Spring Invitational at Penmen Stadium on Saturday.
Rigoli won the hammer throw with ease, shattering the school record by nearly four meters, and was the top collegiate finisher in the discus throw as well.
Senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) also claimed event titles for the Panthers. Brunnette was the top finisher in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Lewis was the long jump champion.
Plymouth State scored 129 team points to finish second, trailing only NCAA Division II Merrimack College (206). PSU finished ahead of Franklin Pierce (100), Colby-Sawyer (48) and SNHU (28).
SNHU Spring Invitational – 2nd of Five Teams
How it Happened:
* Rigoli shattered the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.53 meters, topping the previous mark aby 3.78 meters. His throw was good enough to reach qualifying standards for the NCAA Division III New England Championships next month.
* Rigoli also took the title in the discus throw after clearing 39.98 meters.
* Brunnette was also a New England qualifier following an individual title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:34.02) in his season debut. His time is the third-fastest in New England to date.
* Lewis had a strong all-around day, placing first in the long jump (6.24 meters), second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.45 seconds) and third in the high jump (1.83 meters). His hurdles time was also good enough to qualify for New England's.
* Sophomore Tim Gray (Derby, Vt.) was also a New England qualifier after a personal record in the hammer throw (44.74 meters) to finish second behind Rigoli. He also took fourth in the shot put (12.88 meters) and seventh in the discus (34.03 meters).
* Freshman Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) helped contribute to a solid day for the PSU throwers, placing second in the shot put (13.48 meters), third in the discus (39.37 meters) and fourth in the hammer throw (40.41 meters).
* Classmate Noah Couitt (Swansea, Mass.) ran identical 11.95 times in the 100-meter dash prelims and finals to finish seventh.
* PSU runners dominated the 800-meter run with five of the top-ten finishers. Brunnette led the charge with a 2:01.07 to finish third, just ahead of junior Noah Byington (Hanscom AFB, Mass.), who crossed the line in 2:01.87. Freshman Hunter Burns (Wilmot, N.H.) finished fifth (2:02.24), with classmates Ben Platt (Manchester, N.H.) and Matt Lyle (Loudon, N.H.) placing eighth and tenth, respectively.
* The Panthers' 4x400-meter relay team of juniors Chenet Guerrier (Burlington, Mass.), Nate Belanger (Newmarket, N.H.), Byington and Leo Shattuck (Grafton, Mass.) finished third with a time of 3:29.90.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I was very happy with our overall team result," said head coach John Ostler. "It's always good to come out on top of a couple of in-state rivals. Jacob [Rigoli] is on fire right now. He's been working hard and it is translating well to meets. It's fun watching the 800m races these days. We've got great depth there and it's bringing out the best in each of those guys. Our 4x4 is gaining a little momentum now and Chenet [Guerrier] has been a great catalyst for us as our leadoff leg."
* Select members of the team will compete at the Silfen Elite Distance Carnival at Connecticut College on Friday (Apr. 12), with the rest of the team returning to SNHU next Saturday (Apr. 13) for the Penmen Relays.
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