Cyphers Hoists Men's Track To Fifth Place Finish
Jan. 26, 2013
ROXBURY, Mass. - On Friday afternoon it was Michael Cyphers who had the best individual performance of the day, along with four New England Championship qualifiers. Last week the freshman and teammate Gregory Copeland tied for the fourth best mark all-time at UMass in the indoor pole vault with a height of 15-1. This week Cyphers pulled away and leaped a mark of 15-5 for third all-time, surpassing Wes Shaw's height of 15-3. The freshman's mark was the best in the event of the day while teammate Copeland landed in second with a height of 14-11.
The Minutemen had two more scoring performances in the field thanks to Peter Farlow and Nick Ingham. In the high jump it was Ingham who leaped 6-feet, 4-inches for sixth place in the event. Ingham also assisted in relays on the day. Farlow finished fourth in the long jump with a 22-feet, 3-inch mark.
UMass found perhaps the most impressive success in the 4x400 meter relay, scoring three of their relay quads. Patrick Farnham, Quinn Ryder, Nick Otis and Paul Grafov finished first in the event with a New England Championship qualifying time of 3:23.73. Curtis Owen, Zack Grube, Thomas Mullen and Stephen Ness finished the relay in 3:31.30 for a sixth place finish. Ingham, Michael Giardina, Youssef Elkorchi and Jared Reddy then followed the quad in seventh with a time of 3:31.49.
Ryder, Farnham, Grafov, Otis and Mullen all scored individually on the track as well. Farnham finished in fifth in the 60 meter dash at 7.09, qualifying for New Englands. Ryder led the way in the event with a time of 7.07 and a third place finish. Grafov came in at a time of 51.46 in the 400 meter dash and trailed Zachary Hildenbrandt in sixth place with a time of 51.35. In the 800 meter run, Otis finished seventh at 1:57.08.
In the 1,000 meter run Mullen finished second with a New England Championship qualifying time of 2:29.27. Also finishing second on the track and qualifying for New Englands was Antony Taylor. The junior finished the mile at 4:15.58. Benjamin Groleau placed seventh behind Taylor in the mile at 4:20.93. Stephen Bigelow finished fourth with a time of 8.32 in the 60 meter hurdles.
On February 1, the Minutemen will head back to New Haven, Conn. for the two-day Giegengack Invitational. Day one of the meet begins at 6:00 p.m. at Coxe Cage.