PSU Track & Field sends five to Tufts Final Qualifier

PSU Track & Field sends five to Tufts Final Qualifier

Brunnette, Bartlett, Baillergeon post top three finishes for Panthers

            MEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomores Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.), Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) and Selena Baillargeon (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) posted top three finishes Saturday for the Plymouth State University track & field teams at the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet, hosted by Tufts University at the Gantcher Center.

            PSU had five student-athletes competing in the meet for one last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which are next weekend, March 10-11, at Naperville, Ill. No team scores were kept in the meet.

            Brunnette was the top finisher for PSU, placing second in the 3,000 meter run. His time of 8:20.92 was a personal best and improves his own school record, and was a little more than a second behind winner David Chelimo of Colby College, who finished in 8:19.71. Brunnette's time is also the 10th fastest time in the NCAA this indoor season.

            Bartlett finished in third place among college runners in the mile run with an impressive performance, covering the distance in a time of 4:14.45, breaking his own school standard. He was not far behind winner Jon Perlman of Middlebury (4:12.41) and runner-up Max Brown of Emory (4:12.85). Bartlett's time ranks 25th nationally in the mile this winter.

            Baillergeon captured third place in her specialty, the women's shot put, recording a personal-best and school record mark of 12.60 meters (41'4.24"). She finished behind Sydney Bennet of Bridgewater State University (13.56m) and Koko Mensah of Connecticut College (12.64m). Baillargeon hit her mark on her first attempt and it stood as her best after five more throws.

            Freshman Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) also had a strong performance for the Panthers in the pole vault, placing ninth with a personal-best and school-record mark of 4.36 meters (14'3.5"). Davies cleared the bar on his third attempt at 4.36 meters before missing three tries at 4.51 meters.

            Sophomore Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) finished in 16th place in the women's long jump, posting a mark of 4.68 meters (15'4.25"). She hit her mark on her first attempt and could not better it on two more attempts. She was more than a foot off her personal best and school-record performance from two weeks ago, when she leaped 5.11m (16'9.25").

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