Panthers set three school records on Senior Day
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) and freshmen Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) and Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) all set school records to guide the Plymouth State University women's indoor track and field team to a fifth place finish at the Panther Invitational on Saturday.
Prior to the meet Plymouth State honored its senior class before unveiling a new display area showcasing the programs All-America certificates.
Perez, one of five Panther seniors recognized in the pre-meet ceremony, made the most of her final regular season home performance, setting a new standard in the triple jump while taking second in the long jump.
Bowles topped the previous school mark in the mile run by nearly seven full seconds, and Greineder's school-record performance came in the 400-meter dash.
Plymouth State earned 74 points to finish fifth, third among NCAA Division III teams, in the field of 13.
Panther Invitational – 5th of 13 Teams
How it Happened:
* Perez cleared 9.43 meters in the triple jump, clearing the previous mark by 0.28 meters, to finish second overall.
* She added a second place finish in the long jump (4.91 meters), as she and freshman Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.), who reached 4.89, finished second and third.
* Bowles blew past the previous mark in the mile run, finishing with a time of 5:40.91 seconds, while Greineder posted a time of 1:03.88 in the 400-meter dash to set a new PSU standard.
* Freshman Hannah Wescott (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) continued her impressive rookie campaign with three strong individual performances. She qualified third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.96, before taking second in the finals with a 9.72.
* The rookie also finished in a three-way tie for first in the high jump after clearing 1.52 meters, and took second in the pole vault after matching her own school record height of 2.90 meters.
* Geyselaers also performed well in the sprints, taking third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.79, and winning her heat in the 60-meter dash, where she missed qualifying for the finals by a mere 0.02 seconds.
* Freshman Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) led the throws group with a pair of eighth place finishes. She reached 10.66 meters in the shot put, the fourth best mark among D-III athletes, and her throw of 11.41 meters was fourth among D-III competitors in the weight throw.
* Sophomore Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) and Bowles finished 11th and 12th in the 800-meter run. Ewing crossed the line in 2:39.01, with Bowles right behind in 2:45.58.
* The Panthers' 4x200-meter relay team took third overall, finishing just off school-record pace. Wescott, Greineder, Perez and Geyselaers teamed up for a time of 1:51.29 seconds.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our women are gamers," said head coach John Ostler. "I don't think we have a single woman on our team that isn't dealing with some ache, pain or illness, but they don't complain. They fight through it and had some nice results. Kim [Bowles] had a breakout race today. She told me, 'I'm happy to finally be racing the way I've been training.' She's unlocked something within herself the last two weeks and she's only getting better from here. We'll get some much needed rest and be ready to click on all cylinders at the championships in two weeks."
* PSU will compete in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University next Saturday (Feb. 9).
|PSU seniors Warnick, Perez, Robichaud, Gould and Bomely with family members and head coach John Ostler|
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