Panthers post three Little East Conference qualifying marks
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's track & field team recorded three Little East Conference qualifying marks and 12 personal-best performances Saturday at MIT's Sean Collier Invitational, a non-team scoring event at MIT's Steinbrenner Track.
Freshman Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) led the Panthers with a season-best time of 18.41 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, reaching the LEC qualifying standard. Senior Cierra Dion (Manchester, N.H.) bettered her LEC-qualifying time in the 200 meters to a personal-best 26.99 seconds, and freshman Brianna Warnick (Derry, N.H.) ran personal bests in both the 100 meter (13.65 seconds) and 200 meter (28.10) dashes, meeting the LEC qualifying time in the 200. Warnick also had a personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 9.35 meters, placing 11th.
Freshmen Isabella Mongillo (Hamden, Conn.) and Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) posted strong times in their events, Mongillo running the 400 meter dash in peronal-best 1:08.34 and Conant posting a PR of 2:31.51 in the 800 meters. All three Panther entries in the 1500 meters lowered their personal-best times by a significant amount as sophomore Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.) finished in 5:10.90 to drop 14 seconds off her previous best, freshman Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) came across in 5:14.95 to drop eight seconds, and freshman Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) ran a 5:20.90 to lower her best time by nine seconds.
Freshman Courtney Allen (Lewiston, Maine) represented PSU's distance runners in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth in a time of 14:13.33, more than 43 seconds better than her previous best.
Sophomore Alex Cimetti (Saugus, N.H.) had the best performance for PSU's throwers, recording a personal-best mark of 25.25 meters.
The Panthers have a big meet next Saturday at the Little East Conference Championships and New England Alliance Championships, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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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