PSU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field takes second at Sunshine Classic

PSU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field takes second at Sunshine Classic

Five new school records for Panthers

            MEDFORD, Mass. – Freshman Hannah Wescott (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) set two school records and matched a third, while classmate Emily Geyselaers (Cornwall Bridge, Conn.) and senior Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) also set program marks to help the Plymouth State University women's outdoor track & field team to a second place finish at the Sunshine Classic hosted by Tufts University on Saturday.

            Wescott set new program marks in the 100m hurdles and high jump, while matching the school record in the pole vault. Geyselaers smashed the previous record in the 200m dash and Robichaud matched her own program record in the pole vault.

            Plymouth State earned 124 points to finish second behind the host Jumbos.


            The Basics:

            Sunshine Classic – Second of Five Teams


            How it Happened:

            * Wescott topped her own marks in the 100m hurdles and high jump. She won the 100m hurdles after crossing the line in 15.63 seconds to top her previous record by 0.15 seconds, then placed second in the high jump with a school-record height of 1.58 meters.

            * She and Robichaud both cleared 2.95 meters in the pole vault, matching Robichaud's school record performance, to finish third and fourth respectively.

            * Robichaud also took third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:08.99.

            * Geyselaers topped a three-year old record in the 200m dash. She won the event with a time of 26.13 seconds, an impressive 0.86 seconds better than the old mark.

            * Geyselaers added personal-best performances in the long jump (5.21 meters) and high jump (1.55 meters) to finish first and third.

            * Junior Erika Lillis (Merrimack, N.H.) finished second in the javelin after a throw of 29.38 meters, while senior Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) had a pair of top-five finishes in the long jump (second – 5.17 meters) and high jump (fifth – 1.47 meters).

            * Freshman Claire Greineder (East Greenwich, R.I.) posted fifth place finishes in the 200m dash (27.12) and 400m dash (1:02.33).

            * Sophomore Leanne Burgess (Bradford, Vt.) set a personal record with a fifth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase (12:54.37) and freshman Paige Boudreau (Dayton, Maine) ended fifth in the discus with a throw of 30.18 meters.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Emily [Geyselaers] has been a star for a couple of weeks now," said head coach John Ostler. "I'm excited to watch her step up her game even further at the conference meet next weekend. We had a nice overall showing as a team. Great work by Erika [Lillis] in the javelin."


            Up Next:

            * Plymouth State heads to Fitchburg State University next Saturday (Apr. 27) for the Little East Conference Championship.




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