Perez qualifies for New England's in long jump
BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) leapt 5.04 meters in the long jump to qualify for the New England Division III Championships in February as the Plymouth State University women's indoor track and field team opened the 2017-18 campaign at the sixth annual UMass Boston Winter Open at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
The meet was a non-scoring, qualifying event featuring over 1,100 entrants representing NJCAA and NCAA Division II and III schools from throughout New England.
Perez was one of just four long jumpers to qualify for New England's and her distance was the third best among D-III competitors.
Junior Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.) set a pair of personal records on the day. She finished the 60 meter dash in 8.55 seconds, finishing 0.03 seconds ahead of Perez, then set a personal best with a time of 29.02 in the 200 meter dash.
Freshman Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) wasn't far behind, posting a time of 29.31 to place 57th in a field of 93 runners.
Senior Allbanie Anderson (Somersworth, N.J.) and sophomore Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) drew the praise of head coach John Ostler for their performances in the 500 meter run and one mile run respectively.
"Allbanie and Eve placed well in events they've never run before," said Ostler. Anderson finished sixth with a time of 1:31.29, while Bagley posted a 5:57.11 in the mile.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Bagley, junior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.), Anderson and Perez finished ninth in 4:34.87.
Junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) performed well in the throwing events. She posted a distance of 10.67m in the shot put, 13th best on the day, and reached 10.18m in the weight throw, while freshman Paige Dunleavy (Hampton, N.H.) had a solid debut in the high jump, reaching 1.4 meters.
"Today was an important step for our team and season," added Ostler. "We learned a lot about ourselves against some good competition. Everyone left this meet with some progress, while learning a lot about the work still to be done."
The Panthers will compete once more before the end of the semester, hosting the PSU Winter Classic at the George E. Davis '63 Track at ALLWell North next Saturday (Dec. 9). Field events begin at 11:00 a.m. with sprints and relays set for 12:00 p.m.
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