Hot Streak Continues For Men's Track & Field
Jan. 29, 2011
ROXBURY, Mass. - For the third straight meet, the UMass men's track and field team has placed in the top ten as a team, and for the second time has placed in the top three. On Friday, Ken O'Brien's squad placed third in a field of 17 teams with 69 total points. UMass added seven New England and two IC4A Championship qualifiers.
Exemplifying success in Roxbury was a trio of first place finishes in the 55 meter dash, 500 meter run, and pole vault. Freshman star Quinn Ryder, sophomore Paul Grafov, and senior leader Sean Busch each were crowned the top spot in their events respectively. Marks of 6.52, 1:04.59, and 15 feet were good enough to lead the way in a field of 17 teams. Also qualifying for the New England Championships in their events were Ryder and Grafov, while the latter of the two also reached a mark good enough to qualify for the IC4A Championships as well.
Next up was a senior who has proved his outstanding strengths over his four years as a cross country and track and field competitor for the Minutemen. Daniel Barry placed third in the mile run in 4:14.54, a time good enough to qualify for the New England Championships. The senior harrier was just 0:00.36 away from making the IC4A Championship cut.
A pair of seniors also had standout performances for the Minutemen, in the forms of the always consistent Scott VanderMolen and Kevin Spieler. The former of the duo placed third in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:27.65, good enough to qualify for the New England and IC4A Championships. Spieler threw the 35 lb. weight a distance of 54-2.75, a personal season best in the weight throw and good enough for third place. The senior thrower also placed a solid eighth in the shot put with a mark of 47-1, also a personal season best.
Continuing to push forward at the Indoor Games were Michael McDonough and Evan Donadt in the 500 meter run. The two mid-distance competitors placed sixth and ninth respectively with times of 1:05.38 and 1:05.80. Both qualified for the New England Championships.
Never failing to impress of course was Tyler Cotto in the 55 meter hurdles with a team season best time of 7.52, which placed the senior second in the event. Zachary Koncki also competed in the hurdles, crossing the line at 7.85 and placing third while qualifying for the New England Championships.
Rounding out the outstanding performance for the Minutemen was the leaping lizard himself, Daniel Wu in the long jump. The junior Finance major leaped a distance of 22-5.25, good enough for fourth place.
The Minutemen return to action next weekend for the two day Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn. Day one action commences on Friday, February 4th at 6 pm.
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