Edwards sets school record in discus as vaulters take top three spots
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) set a new school record in the discus throw and junior Kayla Gould (Orford, N.H.), sophomore Shannon Meehan (Weare, N.H.) and junior Brianna Warnick (Derry, N.H.) finished one-two-three in the pole vault as the Plymouth State University women's outdoor track and field team finished fourth at the Corsair Classic at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday.
It was an excellent day for Edwards, who earned top-three finishes in each of her three events; shot put, discus throw and hammer throw. Her toss of 31.46 meters (103' 2") in the discus was the second longest of the day and topped the previous school mark by 1.27 meters. Edwards also earned a pair of third place finishes reaching a season best distance of 36.39 meters (119' 5") in the hammer throw and hitting 10.64 meters (34' 11") in the shot put.
Gould led the pole vaulters to a sweep of the top three finishes. She and Meehan both cleared 2.35 meters (7' 8.5"), a personal record for Meehan, with Warnick right behind at 2.20 meters (7' 2.5").
The Panthers accrued 93 team points to finish fourth among the field of 13 teams. The host Corsairs earned 158 points to finish first, with Roger Williams University (122.50) and Bridgewater State University (108.50) rounding out the top three.
Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) had a second-straight solid meet after placing third in the 400 meters in 1:04.68. She also ran the opening leg of the 4x400 meter relay, teaming up with senior Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.), freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) and sophomore Rebecca Khimatian (Cumberland, R.I.) for a second place finish. The quartet finished in 4:25.52.
Goulette added a third place finish in her first 1,500 meters of the spring with a time of 5:13.88, while Lloyd took eighth in the 200 meters in 29.07 seconds.
Junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) impressed in her first 5,000 meter run of the outdoor season. She finished third overall with a time of 20:05.40.
PSU had a number of other top-ten finishes, including a fourth place for junior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) in the long jump (4.99 meters, 16' 4.5"), a fifth place finish for senior Alex Cimetti (Saugus, Mass.) in the hammer throw (26.86 meters, 88' 1"), a sixth place finish for sophomore Erika Lillis (Merrimack, N.H.) in the javelin throw (28.19 meters, 92' 6"), a seventh place finish for junior Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) in the 800 meters (2:45.38), an eighth place finish for sophomore Eve Bagely (Holliston, Mass.) in the 800 meters (2:46.30), a ninth place finish for sophomore Care Maki (Barre, Mass.) also in the 800 meters (2:51.55) and a tenth place finish for Lillis in the discus throw with a personal record 23.12 meters (75' 10").
In addition, a number of new personal records were set on the day. Cimetti reached 19.99 meters (65' 7") in the discus throw, Bagely and freshman Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) posted times of 5:44.75 and 5:41.62 in the 1,500 meters and Gould and Meehan finished the 200 meters in 33.11 and 33.27 seconds respectively.
The Panthers will look to build on the successful meet when they travel to Southern New Hampshire University next Saturday (Apr. 14) to compete in the Penmen Relays.
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