Five Panthers break their own school records
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Five different members of the Plymouth State University women's outdoor track and field team broke their own school records as the Panthers earned a sixth place finish at the Penmen Relays hosted by Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday.
Plymouth State earned 47 team points to finish third among the NCAA Division III schools represented at the meet. Division II Assumption College (138.50) narrowly held off host SNHU (138.00) to finish first. Colby College (94) and Wheaton College (90.50) finished third and fourth. PSU finished just ahead of Little East Conference (LEC) rival University of Southern Maine, which finished seventh with 41 points.
Juniors Jess Conant (Canton, Maine), Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.), Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.), Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) and Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) all set new school records, topping their own previous marks.
Conant finished seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.49, finishing just ahead of her previous mark of 1:03.73 set two weeks ago at the Snowflake Classic at Tufts University.
Robichaud also topped a two-week old record, clearing 2.75 meters (9' 0.25") in the pole vault to finish sixth. She topped her previous record by 0.25 meters. She also earned a third place finish with a personal record time of 1:09.06 in the 400 meter hurdles.
Edwards had top-ten finishes in all four of her events. Her discus throw of 32.89 meters (107' 11") was good enough for fifth place and was 1.43 meters further than her previous school record, set just last week at the Corsair Classic at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She also finished fifth in the hammer throw with a personal-best 37.95 meters (124' 6") and added an eighth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 10.76 meters (35' 3.75"). She wrapped up her day with a tenth place finish in her first javelin throw of the season, covering 30.50 meters (100' 1").
Dennis and Perez both broke year-old records. Perez took fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.26 meters (17' 3.25"), topping her previous mark by 0.11 meters, while Dennis crushed her previous record time in the 5,000 meters. She posted a 19:29.91 on Saturday to finish seventh, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of her previous best time (19:50.47).
Senior Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.) and sophomores Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) and Erika Lillis (Merrimack, N.H.) also posted top ten finishes for the Panthers. Bagley was the seventh fastest runner in the 400 meter hurdles in her first race of the season, finishing in 1:16.00. Goulette finished eighth in the 800 meters in 2:33.21, and Lillis had the ninth longest throw in the javelin clearing 30.87 meters (101' 3").
The Panther relay teams also had a solid day. The 4x100 meter team of junior Brianna Warnick (Derry, N.H.), freshmen Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.) and Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) and Perez posted a season-best time of 52.88 seconds to finish tenth, while the 4x800 meter quartet of Conant, Goulette, freshman Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.) and junior Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) finished second with a time of 10:36.12.
The Panthers hope the Sunshine Classic at Tufts University lives up to its name on Saturday (Apr. 14). It will be the final tune up before the team competes at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships at Bridgewater State University on Apr. 28.
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