Panthers compete in first meet as a varsity program
BOSTON – The Plymouth State University women's track & field team made its varsity debut Saturday at the 4th Annual University of Massachusetts Boston Indoor Open at the Reggie Lewis Center.
The event was a non-scoring, qualifying meet with a lot of Division I and Division II competition along with strong Division III teams. The goal of the meet was to strive to hit qualifying marks for later championships, according to head coach John Ostler, with seven Panther athletes achieving eight Little East Conference qualifying performances.
Freshman Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) led the Panthers, reaching qualifying standards in two events; she ran the 60 meter dash in 8.76 seconds and leaped 14'4.5" in the long jump.
Other Panthers who reached conference qualifying standards included freshman Brianna Warnick (Derry, N.H.) in the 60 meter dash (8.72 seconds); freshman Ajla Mustafic (Hooksett, N.H.) in the 60 meter hurdles (11.79 seconds); freshmen Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) and Julia Ribeiro (Nobleboro, N.H.) in the 400 meter dash(1:08.09 and 1:09.30, respectively); senior Cierra Dion (Manchester, N.H.) in the high Jump (4'9"); and freshman Sarah Miller (Hanover, Mass.) in the long jump (15'5").
"I was proud of our women for getting PSU Track and Field off to a great start today," said Ostler. "Today was a solid foundation for our season. We're all excited to compete at home next week in front of our family friends and school community in our beautiful new home."
PSU will make its debut in the new George Davis Track at PSU next Saturday against Colby-Sawyer College and Southern New Hampshire University.
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