Geyselaers, Greineder, Miller continue to rewrite record books
MEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomores Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) and Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) and junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) continued their assault on the Plymouth State University record books as the Panthers' women's indoor track & field team competed at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts University at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
Geyselaers established a new program-best in the 200-meter dash, while Greineder set a new standard in the 400-meter dash. Miller absolutely destroyed the previous school-best time in the 5000-meter run to help the Panthers to a 12th-place finish.
Plymouth State earned 21 points to finish ahead of Little East Conference rivals Keene State, UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston. MIT, ranked sixth in the nation, took the top spot with 143 points. Each of the 11 teams ahead of PSU are either nationally ranked or among the top-25 in the New England region.
Branwen Smith-King Invitational – 12th of 22 Teams
How it Happened:
- Miller absolutely shattered the school record in the 5000-meter run to finish fifth. Her time of 19:07.24 was nearly 50 full seconds better than the previous mark set two years ago.
- Geyselaers took third in the 200-meter dash with a record time of 26.68. She had just set the school record last week with a time of 27.00. She added a seventh-place finish in the long jump after covering 4.79 meters.
- Greineder topped her own previous school record to place fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.93.
- Sophomore Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) ended up in fifth place in the shot put after a season-best toss of 11.35 meters. She also led the Panthers in the weight throw with a tenth place showing after reaching 12.99 meters.
- Senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) took tenth in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:14.88.
- Miller wasn't the only runner to perform well in the 5000-meters, as sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) ended up tenth in 19:46.82, while junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) posted a season-best time of 20:00.54 to place 13th.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Our ladies were focused today," said head coach John Ostler. "The plan was to focus on one event, two in some rare cases, but get really good quality out of it. Caitlyn [Miller] is a terrific athlete. For her to be so young in track experience and race that well was a pleasant surprise. We need to make our record board a dry erase board to keep up with Claire [Greineder] and Emily [Geyselaers] this year."
- PSU hosts the Panther Invitational at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on Saturday (Feb. 8) starting at 10:00 a.m. The Panthers will honor the senior class starting at 9:15.
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