Busch, A-10 Pole Vault Champion Leads Minutemen On First Day
Feb. 19, 2010
NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. - The UMass men's track and field team was in action on Friday for the first of a two-day Atlantic 10 Championship event, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The Minutemen currently sit third out of ten after one day of competition.
Leading the way was junior Sean Busch who won the individual pole vault title. With a mark of 15-03.00, the junior who set the second-best height in school history on Jan. 29, captured first place on day one (A-10 Champion, All-Conference).
The distance medley relay team for UMass also took an impressive second place as the quad of Daniel Barry, Michael McDonough, Josh Boone, and Jonathan Pierce finished with a time of 10:02.75. The time is better than the previous season best by a UMass distance medley team set on Feb. 5.
Also finishing strong for the Minutemen was Zachary Koncki in the long jump. He improved upon his previous season best by jumping a distance of 22-11.25, good enough for sixth place overall. In the 55 hurdles, Koncki also performed well as he took a time of 7.94 in the preliminaries to place eighth and advance to the finals. Both marks were good enough to qualify for the New England Championships. Senior Tyler Cotto earned a spot in the 55 hurdles final on day two, taking second in the preliminaries with a time of 7.61.
Nicolai Naranjo provided points for the Minutemen as well as he captured eighth place in the 5,000 meter run, crossing the line in a New England-qualifying time of 14:59.16.
Running with confidence Samuel Laorenza improved upon his previous New England qualifying mark in the preliminaries of the 500 meter run, as he finished seventh with a time of 1:05.87 to move on to day two. Freshman Nick Otis will also compete in the 500 final, taking ninth in the preliminaries in 1:06.78.
The men will be back in action Tomorrow, Feb. 20 at 9:30 am.