Dion leads Panthers in sprints; Baillergeon tops in field events
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's track & field team posted a number of solid performances Saturday at the Eric Loeschner Invitational, a non-team scoring event at Fitchburg State University.
Senior Cierra Dion (Manchester, N.H.) led the way for the Panthers with a pair of top-12 finished in the sprints; she was seventh among 44 runners in the 100 meters with a personal-best time of 13.07 seconds, and 12th among 64 competitors in the 200 meters in a personal-best 27.15 seconds.
Freshmen Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) and Ashley Bergeron (Berlin, N.H.) captured sixth-place finishes for the Panthers. Robichaud was sixth in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:13.25, and Bergeron was sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase in a Little East Conference Championship qualifying mark of 13:15.35.
Other Panthers who eclipsed the LEC Championships qualifying marks on the track included freshman Ajla Mustafic (Hooksett, N.H.) in the 100 meter hurdles (19.04 seconds); freshman Jess Conant (Canton, Maine in the 400 meters (1:06.16); and three Panthers in the 1500 meters – sophomore Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.) in 5:24.55, freshman Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) in 5:24.59, and freshman Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) in 5:29.38.
Freshman Selena Baillargeon (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) had the top performance for PSU in field events, posting a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a season-best mark of 11.25 meters). Freshman Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 4.76 meters).
PSU will compete again next Saturday at the Sean Collier Memorial meet at MIT.
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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