Perez takes sixth in long jump, ten Panthers set personal records
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) took sixth in the long jump and ten different Panthers set personal records as the Plymouth State University women's indoor track & field team finished 15th at the inaugural Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts University at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
Perez finished with a leap of 5.07 meters (16' 7.75") to end up just 0.03 meters shy of a top-five finish.
Senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) finished 11th in the 1000 meter run with at time of 3:14.21, crossing the line ahead of freshman Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.), who ended with a personal best time of 3:27.47.
Juniors Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) were both top-15 finishers in the 3000 meter run. Giguere posted a personal record time of 11:28.83 to take 13th, with Dennis right on her heels for 14th (11:29.59).
Junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) had a good day in the throwing events. She finished 12th in the shot put with a distance of 10.46 meters (34' 4") and took 14th in the weight throw with a personal record of 12.07 meters (39' 7.25").
Plymouth State finished 15th out of 16 teams with six team points. NCAA Division II Stonehill College earned the team title with 173.33 points, with Wesleyan University (90), MIT (79), Amherst College (77.33) and Tufts University (73) rounding out the top five.
Freshman Deborah Ashokeji (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) set personal bests in the 200 meter dash (33.16) and 600 meter run (2:05.18), while four Panthers posted record times in the 1000 meters. In addition to Ewing's time, freshman Lumei Abatangelo (Southampton, N.Y.) and juniors Isabella Mongillo (Hamden, Conn.) and Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine) also set personal bests.
Junior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) and senior Alex Cimetti (Saugus, Mass.) were the other two Panthers to set new personal marks. Robichaud's performance came in the pole vault where she cleared 2.45 meters (8' 0.5"), while Cimetti set a personal best in the weight throw with a distance of 9.95 meters (32' 7.75").
The team will be back in action next Saturday (Feb. 3) at the Wesleyan Invitational.
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