Goulette, Giguere, Dennis and Robichaud post program-bests for Panthers
PROVIDENCE. R.I. – Senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) and juniors Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.), Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) and Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) all set new program marks as the Plymouth State University women's indoor track & field team competed at the Little East Conference (LEC) and New England Alliance (NEA) Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Rhode Island College at the Providence Career and Technical School on Saturday.
The Panthers finished seventh in the LEC team standings and eleventh among the NEA teams, a combination of LEC and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) schools.
The distance runners were especially impressive. Goulette, in the 1000 meter run, topped her own school record with a time of 3:12.73 to finish fourth. Giguere took fifth in the 3000 meter run posting a record time of 11:13.58, just shy of 13 full seconds faster than the previous mark. Dennis shattered her own school record in the 5000 meter run, finishing seventh overall in 19:56.90, nearly 20 seconds faster than the program record.
Other track highlights included a season-best time for freshman Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) in the 3000 meters and top times for all three entries in the mile run; juniors Isabella Mongillo (Hamden, Conn.) and Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine) and freshman Lumei Abatangelo (Southampton, N.Y.).
"It was a lot of fun to watch the distance runners feed off each other's success throughout the meet," said third-year head coach John Ostler. "Haley [Dennis] set a great tone for the day and by the time I saw the milers all run aggressive, fast races I knew Rileigh [Goulette] and Lora [Giguere] were guaranteed to have good performances later in the meet."
Robichaud was the fourth Panther to set a school record after clearing 2.75 meters (9' 0.25") in the pole vault while finishing sixth overall.
"I'm very proud of Nora [Robichaud] after having such a great day," Ostler praised. "In only her fifth meet pole vaulting she finished sixth overall. She has a lot of upside in that event."
Junior Kayla Gould (Orford, N.H.) equaled the previous school record of 2.45 meters (8' 0.50") in the vault, while classmate Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) took eighth in the long jump with a season-best leap of 5.10 meters (16' 8.75").
Junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) also had a great day setting a pair of season bests in the shot put and weight throw. Edwards earned team points with a seventh place finish in the shot put after reaching 10.78 meters (35' 4.50") and set a new personal record of 12.09 meters (39' 8.00") in the weight throw.
All three relay teams also posted the top times of the season. The 4x200 meter team of junior Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.), senior Allbanie Anderson (Somersworth, N.H.), Robichaud and Perez ran just off school record time finishing in 1:53.83. Robichaud, Anderson, Perez and sophomore Rebecca Khimatian (Cumberland, R.I.) teamed up for a 4:31.51 time in the 4x400 meter relay, while Goulette, freshman Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.), sophomore Care Maki (Barre, Mass.) and junior Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) joined forces to finish sixth in the 4x800 meter relay in 10:44.60.
"All of our relay runners put together gutsy performances as their second or third events in some cases," said Ostler.
The third-year head coach was pleased with the individual performances all around.
"This meet was a nice step for our still young program," he added. "We were competitive in more events than our first two years and everyone who competed stepped up their intensity to match that of the other teams."
Next up for the Panthers are the New England Division III Championships to be held at Springfield College on Saturday.
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