Lewis, Brunnette capture New England championships
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) and senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) each captured New England titles as the Plymouth State University men's outdoor track & field team capped off a successful weekend at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship at Lee Track on the campus of Williams College on Saturday.
Lewis, who had posted the second fastest qualifying time in the 110m hurdles on Friday, topped the field with a school record time to earn his first New England title. Brunnette earned his fourth New England title after topping the field in the 3000m steeplechase. The pair earned All-New England recognition for their performances.
MIT captured the team title with 139.5 points, while Tufts University (89.5) and Middlebury College (64) rounded out the top three. Plymouth State accumulated 20 points to finish 15th among the 32 scoring teams.
NCAA Division III New England Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championship – 15th of 32 Teams (Final)
How it Happened:
* A day after posting the second fastest qualifying time in the 110m hurdles, Lewis was even better in the finals. He crossed the finish line first in 14.67 seconds, a new program record and currently the 19th fastest time in all of NCAA Division III.
* Brunnette posted a season best time of 9:16.83 to capture the 3000m steeplechase crown. He sits just outside the top-20 nationally.
* Freshman Sam Pinto-Pannella (Land 'O Lakes, Fla.) had a season-best toss in the shot put after covering 13.82 meters to place 11th. Classmate Marcus Roper (Cornish, N.H.) finished 18th with a throw of 13.06 meters.
* Freshman Jacob Rigoli (Essex, Vt.) capped a strong rookie campaign with a 13th place finish in the discus throw after reaching 40.35 meters.
* PSU's 4x400m relay team posted a time of 3:30.11 to finish 15th, while the 4x100m squad took 17th in 44.27 seconds.
* Select members of the squad will be back in action a week from Thursday (May 16) for the MIT Last Chance meet as athletes attempt to qualify for NCAAs.
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