Multiple records fall in strong home performance
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's indoor track & field team broke multiple program records on the way to a fourth place finish at the PSU Winter Classic at the George E. Davis '63 Track in the Bank of New Hampshire Field House in ALLWell North on Saturday.
NCAA Division II school Franklin Pierce University took home the team title with 144 points, with Fitchburg State (134.5) and D-II Southern New Hampshire University (114.5) rounding out the top three. Plymouth State took fourth with 104 points to top University of Massachusetts Lowell Club (29 points), Colby-Sawyer College (29 points), Northern Essex Track Club (5 points) and Lyndon State College (5 points).
"I'd estimate 75% of our women are ahead of where we left off last year at this time," said Ostler. "Nabbing so many wins and PRs in this meet helps keep us hungry and focused over winter break."
Junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) was one of four Panthers to set new program bests. Dennis finished fifth in the 3000m run in a time of 11:26.51, shattering the old program mark of 11:41.23 by 14.72 seconds. Dennis crossed the finish line just behind her twin sister, Ashley, who was competing for SNHU. Classmate Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) finished seventh in the 3000m in 11:36.40, also surpassing the old record by nearly five seconds.
Senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) took first in the 1000m run, posting a time of 3:18.75.
"Haley [Dennis] and Rileigh [Goulette] picked up right where they left off in cross country with fine openers," added Ostler.
Junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) set a new PSU mark in the weight throw with a distance of 11.40 meter and classmate Kayla Gould (Orford, N.H.) equaled her program-best mark of 2.45 meters in the pole vault, a record she set last February.
The 4x200m relay team of junior Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.), senior Allbanie Anderson (Somersworth, N.H.), freshman Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) and junior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) teamed up for a top time of 1:55.31.
Perez had another solid day all-around, also finishing second in the long jump (4.95 meters) and taking fourth in the 60m dash in 8.60 seconds.
Junior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) took second overall in the 400m dash. Her time of 1:06.61 was the fastest among D-III competitors, and freshman Paige Dunleavy (Hampton, N.H.) had another strong showing in the high jump. Her 1.45 meters cleared was just shy of the school record of 1.47 meters.
"We'll have a more balanced attack in the field events with Jill [Edwards], who broke the weight throw school record, and Paige [Dunleavy], who was the high jump champ," Ostler added. "We have a long way to go to be ready for championships, but it was nice to mix it up with a couple regional rivals."
PSU will enjoy a lengthy break before its next competition, the Panther Invitational, on Saturday, Jan. 20.
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