Panther freshman wins long jump; Dion strong in sprints
AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) turned in the top performance of the day for the Plymouth State University women's track & field team Saturday as the Panthers placed ninth at the Amherst College Spring Fling.
Perez captured first place in the long jump, with a personal-best leap of 4.93 meters (16'2.25"), which meets the Little East Conference Championship qualifying mark. Senior Cierra Dion (Manchester, N.H.) posted personal-best marks in the 100 meters (13.15 seconds) and 200 meters (27.20), placing sixth in the 100 and seventh in the 200, while Perez and freshman Brianna Warnick (Derry, N.H.) had personal-bests in the 200 (28.57 and 28.83, respectively).
Warnick, Perez, and Dion were joined by freshman Amanda Bomely (Middletown, Conn.) for a season-best time in the 4x100 meters (52.42 seconds).
Freshman Selena Baillargeon (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) turned in a fifth-place finish in the shot put (10.78 meters/35'4.5"), while sophomore Alex Cimetti (Saugus, N.H.) and freshman Meghan Moody (Dalton, Mass.) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin (25.64 meters/84'1" and 22.09 meters/72'6").
WPI won the team title with 138.5 points, followed by Coast Guard (110), Amherst (97), Wesleyan (50), Trinity (48), Williams (47), Brandeis (46.5), Connecticut College (31), and PSU (28).
PSU will compete again next Saturday at the Eric Loeschner Memorial meet at Fitchburg State University.
The Panther women are in their first year as a varsity 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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