Men's Track Finishes Second In Season-Opener at New Hampshire
Jan. 22, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. - Seniors Jon Korhonen (Gardner, Mass.) and Joe McCormack (Wrentham, Mass.) each qualified for the New England Championships on Saturday as the University of Massachusetts men's track and field team finished second at the New Hampshire Invitational. The meet was the season-opener for the Minutemen.
Host-school New Hampshire won the meet with 151 points, followed by UMass (121) and Holy Cross (79).
Korhonen qualified for the New England Championship Meet after winning the 1,500 meters with his time of 4:01.05, while McCormack qualified with his winning time of 6.50 seconds in the 55-meter dash.
Junior James Godinho (Sandwich, Mass.) set a personal-best mark in the long jump with his mark of 20-feet, 11.75 inches and won the 500 meters (1:06.81).
All told, the Minutemen won seven of the 17 scheduled events.
John Jacobson (Taunton, Mass.) won his first 1,000 meter competition of the season in 2:37.03, while freshman Matt Klypka (Oakland, N.J.) his first collegiate 3,000 meter race (8:50.81). Klypka was followed by junior Paul Noone (Worcester, Mass.) in the 3,000 meters (8:51.79).
All-Atlantic 10 performers Henry Smith (Ellington, Conn.) and Derek Swart (Southboro, Mass.) finished first and second in the triple jump. Smith won the event with his leap of 44-feet, 1.25 inches, followed by Swart who recorded a mark of 40-feet, 7.75 inches.
In his first collegiate meet, freshman Nathan Barksdale (Valparaiso, Indiana) was impressive finishing second in both the 200 meters (23.40 seconds) and the 400 meters (52.18 seconds).
The Minutemen will return to action on Friday, Jan. 28 when they travel to the Northeastern Husky Invitational.