Bagley, Bowles, Boudreau all post personal bests for Panthers
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) and freshmen Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) and Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) all posted personal bests to guide the Plymouth State University women's indoor track and field team to a 14th place finish at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts University at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
Bagley set a new record in the 800-meter run, with Bowles crushing her previous best in the 3000-meter run. Meanwhile, Boudreau cleared 10 meters for the first time in the shot put.
Plymouth State earned seven points to finish 14th, ahead of NCAA Division II Merrimack College and defending national champions University of Massachusetts Boston, among others.
Branwen Smith-King Invitational – 14th of 19 Teams
How it Happened:
* Bagley finished 13th in the 800-meter run after her personal record time of 2:30.81. It was almost five seconds faster than her previous season-best time.
* Bowles annihilated her previous best in the 3000-meters on her way to a 25th place finish. Her time of 11:35.56 was an incredible 18.7 seconds better than her previous best.
* Boudreau ended up 14th in the shot put after reaching 10.30 meters on her first attempt. The mark, a new PR, was 0.34 meters better than the record she set a week ago.
* Boudreau added a top-20 finish in the weight throw as well, reaching 10.97 meters.
* Senior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) was the Panthers' highest place finisher, taking fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.05 meters.
* Sophomore Deborah Ashokeji (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) notched a season-best time in the 600-meter run, finishing 24th with a time of 2:02.98.
* The quartet of Bagley, senior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.), freshman Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) teamed up to win their heat in the 4x400 meter relay in 4:27.46.
* Freshman Betsy Hunt (Thorndike, Maine) narrowly missed a PR in the high jump after clearing 1.45 meters.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We came into today hampered with illnesses," said head coach John Ostler. "It was disappointing having to scratch so many potential point scorers and relays, but those who competed rose to the challenge. Diana [Perez] and Eve [Bagley] stepped up like the leaders they are and the 4x4 showed some promise heading towards championships. I'm expecting to regroup and have our best meet thus far at home next week."
* Plymouth State hosts the Panther Invitational next Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North.
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