Wescott sets two more school records
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Freshman Hannah Wescott (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) continued an impressive rookie campaign by setting two more school records as the Plymouth State University women's indoor track and field team competed at the Smith Invitational at Smith College on Saturday.
Wescott topped her own record in the pole vault to finish third overall, and twice bested her previous mark in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a record setting time to qualify fourth before yet another record performance in the finals to finish third.
Plymouth State earned 28.25 points to finish tenth. Springfield College took the team title with 100.75 points.
Smith Invitational – 10th of 15 Teams
How it Happened:
* Wescott continued to shine as she cleared 2.90 meters in the pole vault, topping her previous mark of 2.80 set in December. Senior Kayla Gould (Orford, N.H.) also performed well with a season-best effort of 2.60 meters to finish seventh.
* The rookie won her heat in the 60-meter hurdles with a new school record time of 9.84 seconds, besting her 9.93 from just a week ago. In the finals she was even better, finishing in 9.66 seconds to place third.
* Wescott was also the highest-scoring Panther in the high jump after clearing 1.55 meters to finish sixth.
* Senior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) took second in the long jump with a season-best effort of 5.11 meters, while freshman Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) finished fourth with a jump of 4.90 meters.
* Geyselaers won her heat in the 60-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 8.38 seconds, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the finals by 0.08 seconds.
* Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) finished 12th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:35.26, while Geyselaers finished 13th in the 200-meter dash (27.93).
* Freshman Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) set a season-best time in the mile run, finishing 15th with a time of 5:52.52, and classmate Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) ended up 15th in the weight throw after a season-best effort of 11.45 meters.
* Boudreau also posted a top-20 finish in the shot put with a personal record of 9.96 meters.
* Sophomore Deborah Ashokeji (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) was the top Panther finisher in the 600 meter run, completing the race in 2:05.67 for 25th place.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our women are gaining confidence," said head coach John Ostler. "Even those who didn't get PRs felt good about their process. Diana [Perez] is rounding into shape. Her long jump and 200m dash tell me she has a big performance on the horizon. Hannah [Wescott] had a breakthrough in the hurdles today. She made a commitment to attack from the start of the race and that led to a huge day in that event."
* The Panthers are back in action at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University on Saturday (Jan. 26).
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