Men's Track Has Breakout Performance At Harvard Invitational
Feb. 2, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Minutemen left the Harvard Invitational with a very strong showing against a slew of northeast schools including Boston College, Northeastern, Holy Cross, Quinnipiac and the host #25 Harvard. Antony Taylor, Michael McNaughton, Lamont Gooden and a relay squad all grabbed first place performances in the unscored meet.
On the track Michael McNaughton led three other Minutemen in the 800 meter run to top eight finishes. McNaughton completed the event in 1-minute, 55.55-seconds for one of the four first place finishes on the day. Stephen Ness trailed in third place at the 1-minute, 56.97-second mark. Michael Maldari and Alexander Finestone finished seventh and eighth respectively. Maldari led the freshman duo with a time of 1-minute, 58.63-seconds while Finestone crossed the finish line in just 1-minute, 58.79-seconds.
Antony Taylor grabbed the other individual first place finish on the track finishing the 3,000 meter run in 8-minutes, 22.45-seconds. Benjamin Thomas followed Taylor in fourth place with a time of 8-minutes, 34.14-seconds. Fellow harrier Ben Groleau scored in the top eight of the mile finishing in 4-minutes, 19.62-seconds for a third place finish.
Coach O'Brien managed to bring together two top eight relay quads for the 4x440 yard relay including one squad recording the fastest time. The quad that came out on top recorded a time of 3-minutes, 26.59-seconds while the second group finished in fourth with a time of 3-minutes, 34.59-seconds.
The fourth and final first place effort of the day came from a freshman Coach O'Brien and Coach Jackson have been high on since the beginning of the season. Lamont Gooden leaped 22-feet, 7-inches for the best mark recorded in the long jump. The Springfield, Mass. native was followed by another freshman coaches have been impressed with Adam Bonfilio. Bonfilio grabbed a fourth place finish in the event jumping 20-feet, 7-inches.
Gooden also placed fifth in the triple jump, placing back-to-back with freshman Dana Pagliuca. Gooden leaped 44-feet, 6-inches while Pagliuca's 42-foot, 2.25-inch jump placed him sixth in the event.
Bonfilio placed in the top eight again in the high jump finishing in fourth place setting a height of 6-feet, 2.75-inches. Fellow freshman Zachary Blum set a height of 6-feet, 2.75-inches for a third place performance.
The Minutemen scored a pair in the pole vault as well with Greg Copeland grabbing third and Nicholas Gemino placing fifth. Copeland vaulted 14-feet, 6-inches while Gemino set a mark of 13-feet, 5.75-inches.
In short distance events freshmen shined again in the 300 meter dash. Deion Arneaud placed sixth overall crossing the finish line in 36.72-seconds while Blum finished in eighth place recording a time of 37.15-seconds.
In the 400 meter dash Pat Farnham raced for a fourth place time of 50.80-seconds. Senior captain Zack Hildenbrandt finished in fifth clocking in at 50.89-seocnds.
The other UMass captain Stephen Bigelow raced for a second place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. The senior clocked in at 8.27-seconds. Zack Grube placed sixth overall in the event finishing in just 8.74-seconds.