Athlete of the Month: Plymouth State's Bartlett met goals, in record timeBy ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 22. 2018 11:49PM
Warren Bartlett did not want to simply win the 1,000-meter run at the Little East Conference and New England Alliance championship meet for a third straight year. The Plymouth State University junior wanted to claim this season’s 1,000-meter conference crown in record-setting fashion.
Bartlett, of Loudon, achieved his goal, setting both an LEC and New England Alliance record in the event with a time of 2 minutes, 30.87 seconds on his way to victory last month. The LEC’s previous 1,000-meter run record (2:32.31) was set in 2014 and the NEA’s previous record (2:32.01) was set in 2007.
That was not the only goal Bartlett accomplished in February. He also achieved his season-long goal of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships with his performance at the Boston University Last Chance Meet on Feb. 25.
For his performance at both the conference and Last Chance meets, Bartlett was named the February Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center/Express MED Athlete of the Month by the New Hampshire Union Leader Board of Judges.
Bartlett considers the 1,000-meter run, a five-lap race, to be one of his specialties but admitted he felt a little doubt going into the conference meet. Other runners were right behind Bartlett during the second lap but he felt he just needed to keep them at bay until the fourth.
“I have pretty good finishing speed so I knew if I could just hold them off until the fourth lap, I’d be able to finish strong and pull away,” Bartlett said.
The Bishop Brady of Concord graduate said it is a great feeling when you accomplish a goal you set for yourself, something he experienced again later in the month.
After finishing 11th in the mile run with a time of 4:24.65 at the New England Division III Championships on Feb. 17, Bartlett had to regroup before the Last Chance meet. Bartlett felt he needed to finish the mile around the 4:12 range at BU to qualify for the NCAA Division III national meet, which he missed last year by .64 of a second.
“This indoor season, what I really wanted was just getting there and going against the best of the best,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett placed 47th in the mile at the Last Chance meet with a time of 4:14.17, which both qualified him for nationals and set a school record in the event. After the race, Bartlett initially was in disbelief that he had punched his ticket to the national meet March 9-10 in Birmingham, Ala.
“I kind of had to take a step back a little bit and realize that this thing I’ve been working for for four months straight is finally done,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett finished 13th in the preliminaries at the national meet with a time of 4:14.67. While he did not qualify for the finals in the event, Bartlett is proud of how he competed this past indoor campaign.
“I’d say this was one of my best seasons I’ve ever had in my collegiate career,” Bartlett said.
Other athletes considered for the February honor were Keene State College swimmer Margaret Dean, St. Michael’s College swimmer and baseball player Connor Hopkins, Manchester Central boys’ basketball player Kyler Bosse, Portsmouth High School boys’ basketball player Cody Graham, Merrimack College women’s basketball player Mayson Kimball, Endicott College men’s basketball player Keith Brown, St. Anselm College men’s basketball player Cody Ball, Kennett of Conway boys’ hockey player Connor Doucet and Exeter High School girls’ hockey player Carissa Towlson.
Dean, a senior from Amherst, won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and anchored Keene State’s first-place 200-yard medley relay team at the Little East Conference championships. The Owls won the conference title for a 12th straight season on Feb. 3.
Hopkins, a sophomore from Windham, placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a school-record time (20.93 seconds), was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships. In the season-opening double-header for the St. Michael’s baseball team, he went a combined 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored.
Bosse, a senior, averaged 18.75 points per game over a 7-1 month for Central.
Graham, a senior, averaged 14 points and became Portsmouth’s all-time leading scorer over an 8-0 February campaign for the Clippers.
Kimball, a freshman from Webster, averaged 13 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over a 3-4 month for Merrimack.
Brown, a sophomore from Pelham, averaged 20.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game over a 5-3 February run for Endicott.
Ball, a junior from Londonderry, averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game over a 6-2 month for St. Anselm.
Doucet, a senior forward, recorded 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) over an 8-0 month for Kennett.
Towlson, a junior forward, logged 50 points (34 goals, 16 assists) as Exeter went 8-1 in February.
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Previous 2018 winner: January, Jaylen Leroy, Manchester (basketball).
To submit a nomination for future Athlete of the Month consideration, email the Union Leader Sports Department at email@example.com and enter “Athlete of the Month” in the subject line.
Athlete of the Month recipients are honored at the annual Leaders: A Celebration of Sports Champions event held in February.