Brunnette, Lewis named All-New England Region
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A pair of Plymouth State University men's outdoor track & field athletes were among those honored when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its All-Region honors for the 2019 season over the weekend.
Senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) and sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) both collected All-New England recognition for the Panthers. Top-5 individuals in each event from each region were selected for the honors, in addition to each of the members of a top-3 ranked relay team. A total of 1,915 honors were handed out to Division III USTFCCCA member institutions, which included a near-even split between men's (951) and women's (964) programs.
Brunnette was a double honoree, earning the recognition in both the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 5000-meter run, while Lewis collected the honors in the 110-meter hurdles.
All-Region recognition is nothing new for Brunnette. The most decorated runner in school history now owns eight USTFCCCA All-Region awards. He was named All-Region in both events last spring, was a three-time honoree in the 3000-meter run during indoor season, and also received the honor in his sophomore, junior and senior cross country seasons. He will be competing in the steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship this week. He finished fourth at the event last spring to collect his fourth All-America honors and, as the top returning finisher from a year ago, has a chance for a repeat performance.
Lewis earns his third All-New England recognition after also earning the honors in the 60-meter hurdles and heptathlon during indoor season. A two-time Little East Conference champion in the 110-meter hurdles, Lewis captured the New England title with a then school-record performance after crossing the line in 14.67 seconds. He established a new program-best mark (14.64) at the MIT Final Qualifier last week, but narrowly missed out on qualifying for NCAAs by just 0.02 seconds.
Brunnette will compete in the preliminaries of the championships on Thursday (May 23) at 5:50 p.m., with the final set for 11:45 a.m. on Saturday (May 25).
The complete list of All-Region honors is available at the USTFCCCA website, www.ustfccca.org.
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