Men's Track And Field Finishes Third At Sorlien Invitational
Jan. 20, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Minutemen walk away from URI Saturday with two more New England qualifiers and an overall third place finish, only trailing URI and Stonehill College. UMass scored the majority of it's points on the track, with just four point scorers in field events however the performances of the day perhaps came from Gregory Copeland and Michael Cyphers in the pole vault.
The freshman Cyphers matched Copeland's mark last week. This week he did it again, both posting a height of 15-feet, 1-inch in the pole vault and finishing third and fourth respectively with Copeland on top. The pair also qualified themselves for the New England Championships in the event.
AJ Grube landed fifth, jumping 6-feet, 0.75-inches in the high jump and Brendan Cavallaro was the last Minuteman to score for UMass with his seventh place finish in the shot put.
Quinn Ryder gave UMass a fourth place finish in the 60 meter dash, crossing the finish line at 7.09. He was followed by Patrick Farnham in the 200 meter dash. The sophomore crossed the finish line at 22.98 for a fifth place finish. Farnham also teamed up with Bradley Donahue, Zachary Hildenbrandt and Paul Grafov in the 4x400 meter relay for a combined time of 3:29.50, good enough for fourth in the relay.
Hildenbrandt and Grafov both scored in the 500 meter dash as well with Grafov coming in third at 1:06.77 and Hildenbrandt in sixth at 1:09.12. In the 60 meter hurdles the team was given a boost once again for Stephen Bigelow with a fifth place finish and a time of 8.56. He was followed by Zach Grube in eighth place. In the mile run it was junior harriers Patrick McGowan and Thomas Mullen finishing in the top eight with a sixth and seventh place finish respectively.
The team showed it's most depth in the 800 meter run with three top eight finishes and four top eight finishes in the 1,000 meter run. Junior Jared Reddy placed third at 2:00.38 and was then trailed by Quentin Stipp in seventh and Michael Giardina in eighth. In the 1,000 meter run Ben Groleau set the pace finishing third with a time of 2:31.64. He was quickly followed by junior standout, Antony Taylor in fourth at 2:32.47. Wrapping up the event was Stephen Ness and Nick Otis finishing their race in seventh and eighth place.
The Minutemen are back in action on January 25 in Roxbury, Mass. The start time for the Joe Donahue Indoor Games is set for 4:00 p.m.