Brunnette, Bartlett, Bolden, Baillargeon in scoring column for Panthers
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Four Plymouth State University student-athletes earned All-New England honors Saturday with top eight finishes in their individual events at the New England Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Williams College. The Panther men also scored points with a strong finish in the 4x800 meter relay.
By scoring a total of 15 points in four different events, the Plymouth State men finished in 17th place in the men's team standings among the 32 schools that earned points. The Panther women scored one point and finished 32nd among teams that made the scoreboard.
Sophomores Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) and Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) were the top finishers for Plymouth State. Brunnette captured fourth place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing the race in a school-record time of 9:26.29, dropping more than three seconds off his previous record mark. MIT sophomore Aidan Gilson won the race in 9:18 .89. Bartlett took fifth place in the 1500 meters in a school-record time of 3:54.52, lowering his previous mark by more than a second and a half. Bates College junior Jack Kiely won the race in 3:51.43.
Brunnette and Bartlett posted times that are among the top 40 in Division this spring, as Brunnette's time ranks 38th nationally in the steeplechase and Bartlett's time ranks 36th in the 1500 meters.
Sophomore Isaiah Bolden (Dover, N.H.) was a seventh-place finisher for PSU in the 110-meter high hurdles. After qualifying eighth on Friday in a school-record time of 15.75 seconds, Bolden brought home seventh place in Saturday's final with a time of 15.81 seconds. Tufts sophomore Josh Etkind won the event in 14.46 seconds.
The Plymouth State men also earned fifth-place points in the 4x800 meter relay. The team of freshman Noah Byington (Hanscomb AFB, Mass.), sophomore Kyle Saunders (Hudson, N.H.), Brunnette and Bartlett finished the race in a school-record mark of 7:56.80. The Coast Guard contingent won the event in a time of 7:38.05.
Sophomore Selena Baillargeon (Saranac, N.Y.) was the top individual performer for the Panther women, placing eighth in the shot put. She had a career-best mark of 11.87 meters (38'11.5"), a half-inch better than her previous record. Connecticut College freshman Koko Mensah wo the event with a mark of 12.93m (42'5.25").
Other Panther men who qualified for and competed in individual events were freshmen Derek Davies (Londonderry, N.H.) and Eric Rosario (Methuen, Mass.) Davies took 11th in the pole vault with a mark of 4.17m (13'8.25"), and Rosario placed 15th in the 400 meters in a time of 49.63. Freshman Zach Bassett (Pascoag, R.I.) was 11th in the 110 meter hurdles, and PSU's relay team of Rosario, Davies, freshman Chenet Guerrier (Burlington, Mass.)and senior Rob Mills (Plymouth, N.H.) took 17th in the 4x400 meter race.
Other women who represented Plymouth State in the meet were sophomore Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.), who placed 15th in the 400 meter hurdles in a school-record time of 1:07.49, and sophomore Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) was 19th in the long jump with a leap of 4.64m (15'2"). PSU's team of junior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.), freshman Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.), and sophomores Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) and Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) were 13th in the 4x800 meter relay.
Plymouth State is in its second year as a varsity sport under head coach John Ostler. The Panthers will send a handful of individuals to the MIT Last Chance meet on Thursday, Mar. 18, in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships on May 25-27 at Geneva, Ohio, hosted by Mount Union College.
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