Burgess shatters personal best to win 5,000-meter run
HOOKSETT, N.H. – Sophomore Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) set a new personal best by more than 90 seconds to win the 5,000-meter run and help the Plymouth State University women's outdoor track & field team to a fourth place finish at the inaugural Southern New Hampshire University Spring Invitational at Penmen Stadium on Saturday.
Burgess crossed the line in 19:30.11, just 0.20 seconds shy of a school record, to win the distance event. Freshman Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) also had a big day, winning the long jump while placing second in the 200-meter dash, and classmate Hannah Wescott (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) was back to setting school records again matching her own mark in the high jump.
Plymouth State accumulated 70 points to finish fourth among five teams, though all four teams ahead of the Panthers were NCAA Division II programs.
SNHU Spring Invitational – 4th of 5 Teams
How it Happened:
* Burgess was fantastic in the 5,000-meter run, topping her own personal best by almost 1:32 to win the event.
* Geyselaers had an all-around great day with a first place finish in the long jump (4.95 meters), second place in the 200-meter dash (27.13 seconds) and fifth place in the high jump (1.40 meters).
* Wescott took second in the high jump, equaling her height of 1.55 meters from last weekend to tie her school record.
* Senior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) reached the NCAA Division III New England Championships qualifying mark in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing second with a time of 1:08.15. She also placed fourth in the pole vault after clearing 2.60 meters.
* Perez also took third in the long jump after a leap of 4.88 meters.
* Senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) finished third in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.27, while also placing seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.26 seconds.
* Wescott finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.18 seconds in the finals. In the 100-meter dash she qualified for the finals with the fourth fastest time (13.29 seconds), before taking eighth in the finals in 13.65 seconds.
* Junior Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) was a fifth-place finisher in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:32.71.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We had some women really step up today," said head coach John Ostler. "Leanne [Burgess] was a superstar for us. She had such a great breakthrough and her teammates really rallied behind her in those closing laps to help her grab the win. Emily [Geyselaers] had her best day of the year so far. She can run faster and jump farther, but she competed really well today and had some nice finishes to show for it."
* Some members of the team will compete at the Silfen Elite Distance Carnival at Connecticut College on Friday (Apr. 12), while the rest of the Panthers return to SNHU on Saturday (Apr. 13) for the Penmen Relays.
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