Panthers set five new school records at USM Invitational II
GORHAM, Maine – Led by sophomore Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) the Plymouth State University women's indoor track and field team established five new program records while earning a fifth-place finish at the USM Invitational II at Costello Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Geyselaers set a new standard in the triple jump and 200-meter dash to highlight a record-setting performance for the team. Sophomore Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) reset her own record in the weight throw, senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) cut nearly four seconds off the 800-meter dash mark and the Panthers' 4x800-meter relay demolished the previous record by nearly 11.50 seconds as PSU got contributions across the board.
Plymouth State earned 57 points to finish fifth in the team standings, behind a pair of NCAA Division II schools in Assumption College and Stonehill. The Panthers topped D-I Merrimack.
USM Invitational II – 5th of 11 Teams
How it Happened:
- Geyselaers flew past the triple jump record by nearly 0.50 meters. Her leap of 10.24 meters was 0.46 better than the previous standard, allowing her to finish ninth.
- She also set a new program mark in the 200-meter dash, clipping sophomore Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) in the process. Geyselaers won the event with her time of 27.00, while Greineder took second in 27.14. Geyselaers also finished seventh in the long jump after covering 4.97 meters.
- Boudreau topped her own school record in the weight throw after clearing 13.44 meters on her first toss of the day to finish fifth. She added an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 11.19 meters.
- Senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) shaved 3.97 seconds off the school mark in the 800-meter run. She and junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) were the top two D-III finishers, with Bagley posting a 2:27.61 and Miller just behind in 2:29.02.
- Sophomores Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) and Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) joined forces with Bagley and Miller to finish second in the 4x800-meter relay with a school record time of 10:27.13.
- Freshman Jessica Bradley (Portland, Ore.) finished fourth among the D-III competition in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.60, while classmate Jade Gizzi (Tewksbury, Mass.) was 14th in the 55-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 7.91.
- Bowles ended up eighth among D-III athletes in the mile run with her time of 5:42.65.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Our women showed a glimpse of what we're building today," said head coach John Ostler. "The sprint group is getting better and better and the distance runners are translating their cross country seasons into nice track times. Emily [Geyselaers] had it working today. She is dangerous if she can have PRs in multiple events, and hats off to the women's 4x800 led by Eve [Bagley] too."
- The Panthers head to Tufts University for the Branwen Smith-King Invitational next Saturday (Feb. 1).
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