Panthers break five records while topping all D3 competition
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Hannah Wescott (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) broke two more school records to help lead the Plymouth State University women's indoor track & field team to a second place finish at the PSU Winter Classic at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on Saturday.
A week after setting a new PSU standard in the 60-meter hurdles Wescott was at it again, this time posting school record performances in both the high jump and the pole vault. Classmate Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) twice set new records in the 60-meter dash, while senior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) set a new mark in the 400-meter dash.
To top off the record-breaking day, the Panthers' 4x200-meter relay team also set a school record, finishing in 1:51.01.
Plymouth State earned 111 points to finish well ahead of defending indoor track and field national champions University of Massachusetts Boston (58 points), and trailed only NCAA Division II Southern New Hampshire University (215).
PSU Winter Classic – Second of Ten Teams
How it Happened:
* Wescott captured a new school record in the high jump, clearing 1.58 meters to finish second. Freshman Betsy Hunt (Thorndike, Maine) took third with a jump of 1.47 meters.
* Wescott also set a new school mark in the pole vault, reaching 2.80 meters to finish first. Robichaud cleared 2.50 meters to finish fourth.
* Not to be outdone, Geyselaers set two new records in the same event. She qualified first in the 60-meter dash in a school-record time of 8.29 seconds, then broke her own mark in the finals, finishing in 8.20 seconds, to capture second overall.
* Robichaud turned on the jets to set a record in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:04.93, while the Panthers' 4x200-meter relay team of Geyselaers, freshman Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.), senior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) and Wescott took second with a school-best 1:51.01.
* The Panthers finished one-two in the long jump, as Perez covered 5.05 meters with Geyselaers right behind with a leap of 4.99 meters.
* Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) was the top finisher in the 1000-meter run after posting a time of 3:22.85, while sophomore Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) and freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) finished third and fourth in the 3000-meter run. Burgess posted a time of 11:40.63, while Bowles finished in 11:54.26.
* Greineder and senior Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.) finished atop the D3 competition in the 200-meter dash. Greineder crossed the line in 28.74 to finish behind six SNHU runners, with Bomely posting a 29.32 to finish tenth overall.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"All at once the sprint group is now the strength of our team," said head coach John Ostler. "Seniors are stepping up and the young women are racing without fear. That group carried us today and turned some heads in the process. All that said, we couldn't beat the quality teams that we did today without balanced contributions from each discipline. Everyone who competed drew some energy from being at home and that helped us outpace my projections for how many points we would score. We're looking forward to a break and re-evaluating how good this group can be."
* Plymouth State is off for final exams and the holiday break. The Panthers return to action on Jan. 12 for the Middlebury Winter Classic at Middlebury College.
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