Panthers set three school records in season-opening meet
MEDFORD, Mass. – Freshman Hannah Wescott (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) both set school records as the Plymouth State University women's outdoor track and field team opened the 2019 season at the Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts University at Dussault Track on Saturday.
Wescott set new school standards in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles, while Conant's record-breaking performance came in the 400-meter dash.
Plymouth State earned 16 points to finish 15th in the field of 20.
Snowflake Classic – 15th of 20 Teams
How it Happened:
* Wescott kicked off her outdoor career in similar fashion to her indoor season, by setting school records. She cleared 1.55 meters in the high jump and posted a time of 16.44 seconds in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles to set a new standard by nearly two full seconds.
* Conant topped her own mark in the 400-meter dash. Her time of 1:01.96 surpassed her previous best of 1:02.73 set last spring.
* Freshman Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) wasn't far off the pace, crossing the line in 1:02.27 to finish 18th.
* Robichaud also performed well in the 400-meter hurdles, taking fifth in 1:09.37, and pole vault, where she placed sixth after clearing 2.65 meters.
* Senior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) and freshman Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) finished 11th and 12th in the long jump. Perez cleared 4.94 meters, with Geyselaers right behind with a jump of 4.93 meters.
* Freshman Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) led the PSU throwers with three top-20 finishes. She placed 10th in the shot put with a toss of 10.34 meters, and finished 16th in both the hammer throw (31.83 meters) and discus throw (28.32 meters).
* Junior Erika Lillis (Merrimack, N.H.) was the top Panthers' finisher in the javelin after a throw of 31.92 meters.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"That 4x4 is going places," said head coach John Ostler. "There is a lot of potential for that team this spring. They should have the school record and more in their sights before the season is done. Jess [Conant] and Claire [Greineder] will be a nice one-two punch for us in the long sprints. In addition to chipping in on the relay, Nora [Robichaud] showed up today. She waits all year for the change at the 400m hurdles. It's great to see that she took advantage of one of her few opportunities and put down a nice opening mark today. The whole group has a lot to build off of today."
* PSU heads to Southern New Hampshire University for the SNHU Opener next Saturday (Apr. 6).
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