Panthers honored for second straight year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the second straight year the Plymouth State University women's track & field program earned All-Academic Team honors, as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today.
The Panthers posted a combined team GPA between the indoor and outdoor seasons of 3.25 to earn the recognition. To be honored a program must combine to earn a cumulative team GPA of at least a 3.10 on a 4.00 scale for all student-athletes who were charged a season of eligibility for the 2017-18 season.
"I'm thrilled that the women are now back-to-back recipients of a USTFCCCA All-Academic Award," said head coach John Ostler. "I'm in awe of our women. They are well-rounded and disciplined both academically and athletically."
Plymouth State was one of 185 NCAA Division III women's programs to earn All-Academic Team status, and one of 291 teams overall, including both men's and women's programs. The Knox College women's team posted the highest cumulative GPA, recording a 3.80. The Panthers were one of four Little East Conference (LEC) member women's programs to earn the accomplishment.
"I'm proud to be part of a great community like Plymouth State," added Ostler. "One that empowers our student-athletes to achieve such success. Even with the excellent academic and athletic resources available to them, it still comes down to our women putting in the work year-round. Many are varsity athletes two or three seasons a year and they sacrifice and prioritize on a daily basis to earn this honor. I couldn't be more fortunate to work with this group every day."
In just its third year of existence the PSU program has continued to grow by leaps and bounds. Senior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.) and juniors Lora Giguere (Tolland, Conn.) and Haley Dennis (Coventry, R.I.) all performed exceptionally during the LEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in February. Goulette posted a school record time in the 1000 meter run to finish fourth, while Giguere took fifth in the 3000 meter run finishing nearly 13 seconds faster than the previous program-best time. Dennis shattered her own school record in the 5000 meter run, finishing nearly 20 seconds ahead of her previous best on the way to a seventh place finish.
During the outdoor season, junior Jillian Edwards (Exeter, N.H.) claimed the individual title in the discus throw at the LEC Championships. At the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, classmate Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) captured All-New England honors with an eighth place finish in the long jump, while the Panthers' 4x400 meter relay team also earned All-New England status after eclipsing the school record mark by 10.67 seconds. The quartet was made up of Goulette, juniors Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) and Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) and freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.).
"As a cross country and track and field program, three of our four teams earned this accolade," said Ostler in closing. "Next year I look forward to working to make it four-for-four!"
A full list of the All-Academic Team recipients can be found at the USTFCCCA website, www.ustfccca.org.
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