Edwards wins discus, Robichaud impressive for Panthers
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) set a new school record while claiming the individual title in the discus throw as the Plymouth State University women's outdoor track and field team competed at the Little East Conference (LEC) Championships at Swenson Field on the campus of Bridgewater State University on Saturday.
Edwards had an all-around strong day performing well in each of her three of her events. She set a new school record while winning the discus throw with a toss of 34.47 meters (113' 1"). The distance was good enough to reach qualifying standards for next weekend's New England DIII Championships at MIT. She also added a second place finish in the shot put with a personal record throw of 11.64 meters (38' 2.25") and added a third personal-best with a 39.24 meters (128' 9") hammer throw.
Junior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) turned in a pair of strong performances as well, setting a new school record for the pole vault after clearing 2.95 meters (9' 8"), while taking third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.76, just missing the qualifying standards for New England's (1:09.00).
Plymouth finished seventh among Little East competition, finishing with 49 points. Rhode Island College (172) blew away the field, with Eastern Connecticut State (103) sneaking past University of Southern Maine (102.5) to claim second place. In the New England Alliance team standings, a combination of LEC and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) schools, the Panthers finished tenth with 31 points. Westfield State University finished first with 167 points, with RIC next with 140.
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Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) also set a new school record with her strong showing in the 400 meter dash. Conant finished 11th in the field in a record time of 1:02.73.
In the 5,000 meter run high temperatures affected junior Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.), but she still managed a third place finish after a gutsy race. Classmate Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) finished right behind Dennis with a personal record time of 19:54.52.
The Panthers' 4x800 meter relay team of freshman Jessica Ewing (Amherst, N.H.), senior Rileigh Goulette (St. Albans, Vt.), junior Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine) and Conant finished third with a time of 10:36.31. Marcus added a lifetime personal record in the 800 meter run finishing in 2:34.87, an incredible 4.43 seconds faster than her previous best, while Goulette had a season-best performance in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 5:09.90 to take sixth.
Junior Kayla Gould (Orford, N.H.) and sophomore Shannon Meehan (Weare, N.H.) matched their personal records in the pole vault. Gould cleared 2.65 meters (8' 8.25"), while Meehan was good for 2.35 meters (7' 8.50").
In the long jump, junior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) finished sixth covering 5.12 meters (16' 9.75") on her second to last attempt, and in the javelin throw senior Alex Cimetti (Saugus, Mass.) closed out her career with a toss of 23.63 meters (77' 6").
Edwards and Perez will represent PSU at next weekend's New England championships. Perez qualified in the long jump, while Edwards met the standards in the discus throw and shot put.
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