Dennis and Miller lead Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's track & field team made its debut in its beautiful new facility Saturday, and the Panthers finished second among three New Hampshire teams in the first home meet in the new George Davis Track.
Southern New Hampshire was the team winner with 99 points, followed by Plymouth State with 84 and Colby-Sawyer College with 67.
Plymouth State had two individual winners, freshman Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) in the 3000 meter run with a time of 12:05.53, and classmate Sarah Miller (Hanover, Mass.) in the long jump (4.94m).
The Panthers finished the meet in grand style with a victory in the 4x200 meter relay, with the team of freshman Brianna Warnick (Derry, N.H.), senior Cierra Dion (Manchester, N.H.), freshman Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.), and freshman Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.).
"The women's 4x200m relay was a thrilling race and I was proud of that group for capping off the day with a big win," said PSU head coach John Ostler." We had five women hit Little East Confernce qualifying marks in the women's 60m dash; the most in any one event, and three made LEC qualifying marks in the 3000m. We also qualified three girls apiece in the 800m run and long jump. In total, we had 21 LEC qualifying marks today."
"It was a great day to be a part of Plymouth State Track and Field," added Ostler. "Hosting our first meet has taken a lot of work by a lot of people and it has paid off big time already. Competitively, the athletes recognized the support they had and the excited energy of everyone there to watch and cheer. The kids' support of one and other never dipped. It was fun to cap off the day with a victory in the women's 4x200m. The relays bring out the best in meets and teams; I'm excited to see where our sprint relays can go from here."
After a break for final exams and the holidays, PSU will have another home meet on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2015, hosting the University of Southern Maine.
The Panthers are in their first season as a varsity women's program. Plymouth State had men's track and field in the late 1960s and 1970s before discontinuing the program prior to the 1980 season.
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