Baillargeon and Goulette lead Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Selena Baillargeon (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and sophomore Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.) posted the top individual finishes for the women's home team Saturday as Plymouth State University hosted the Little East Conference (LEC) Championships and the New England Alliance Championships in the new George Davis Track.
The meet also included the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships, with all three championships including both men and women. There were 22 teams represented from 11 schools, with nearly 40 events in the all-day affair.
The University of Southern Maine women captured both the New England Alliance championship and the Little East Conference title. The Panthers were seventh in the LEC scoring and 11th in the standings.
Baillargeon took sixth place in the women's shot put with a personal-best performance of 35-feet, 7.75 inches (10.86m), more than three and a half feet further than her previous best (32-0.25). Goulette ran the 1000 meters in 3:22.09 to place ninth, dropping a half second off her previous best time.
PSU's outstanding young 4x200 meter relay team had another strong performance, as freshman Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.), senior Cierra Dion (Manchester, N.H.), and freshmen Allbanie Anderson (Somersworth, N.H.) and Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) placed sixth in a season-best time of 1:52.54. The Panther 4x800 meter relay placed ninth, with the contingent of Goulette and freshmen Julia Ribeiro (Nobleboro, N.H.), Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) and Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine).
PSU also had some solid performances from its distance runners. Junior Sarah Uhlman (Ashland, N.H.) and freshman Ashley Bergeron (Berlin, N.H.) were 13th and 15th, respectively, in the mile run (5:55.95 and 5:58.80), and freshmen Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) were 13th and 17th, respectively, in the 3000 meter run (11:47,78 and 12:01.88).
The Panthers will send their relay teams to the New England Division III Indoor Championships, to be held Friday and Saturday at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
The Panthers are in their first season as a varsity women's program. Plymouth State had men's track and field in the late 1960s and 1970s before discontinuing the program prior to the 1980 season.
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