Panthers set seven program records; Miller, 4x200m relay team capture league titles
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) and the Plymouth State University 4x200-meter relay team won Little East Conference (LEC) titles and the Panthers' women's indoor track & field team set seven program records on the way to a program-best third place finish at the LEC Championship meet at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday.
Miller claimed the title in the 5000-meter run in school-record time, while the 4x200-meter relay team also set a new standard to top the field by over five seconds. Sophomore Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) also had a big day for PSU claiming second in the triple jump, third in the long jump and fourth in the 200-meter dash while establishing program bests in all three.
Plymouth State earned 98 points to place third, the best-ever finish for the program. Southern Maine captured the team championship with 137.5 points, with Eastern Connecticut (104) holding off the Panthers for second.
Little East Conference Championship – 3rd of 8 Teams
How it Happened:
- Miller led a trio of Panthers in the 5000-meter run. Her time of 18:43.86 topped her previous school record mark by more than 20 seconds. Sophomore Kim Bowles (Wonalancet, N.H.) and junior Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) took second and third.
- Freshman Emily Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.), senior Rebecca Khimatian (Cumberland, R.I.), sophomore Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Geyselaers teamed up to set a new program best while winning the 4x200-meter relay title in 1:48.36.
- Geyselaers had arguably the best individual championship meet of any athlete in program history. She finished second in the triple jump with a record jump of 10.68 meters, took third in the long jump with a program-best 5.22 meters and placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in a school record 26.50 seconds.
- Senior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) took fourth in the 1000-meter run after crossing the line in a program record time of 3:11.93.
- Greineder took second in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.19, while Bagley, Bowles, sophomore Mia DeMarco (Merrimack, N.H.) and Miller established a school-best time in the 4x800-meter relay in 10:07.81.
- Burgess finished fourth in the 3000-meter run in 11:37.24, while freshman Jessica Bradley (Portland, Ore.) placed third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.94) and classmate Brigid Hodsdon (Bellows Falls, Vt.) took third in the pole vault (2.50m).
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I'm really proud of our women's team today. I can give ten examples of women who really scrapped today and earned points that they weren't supposed to get. The trio in the 5k and the 4x200 were as thrilling a moment as we've had. Emily [Geyselaers] was dynamic. A lot of the credit for today goes to the captains for creating a great culture and passion on the team."
- The Panthers head to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship at Middlebury College next Friday (Feb. 28) and Saturday (Feb. 29).
|Miller - 5000m Champion||Claflin, Khimatian, Greineder, Geyselaers (L-R) - 4x200m Relay Champions|
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