Men's Track And Field In Fourth At Atlantic 10 Championships
Feb. 22, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - After day one of the two-day Atlantic 10 Conference Championship held in Kingston, R.I. the Minutemen sit in fourth place behind La Salle, George Mason and Rhode Island with 20 points. The Minutemen qualified four competitors for the finals and had six scoring performances including an all-conference effort from the team's distance medley relay.
Ben Groleau, Pat Farnham, Stephen Ness and Antony Taylor combined for a time of 10-minutes, 4.46-seconds in the distance medley relay. The time was good enough for the bronze medal and was the team's highest place of the day.
Also scoring on the track was Michael McNaughton and Pat McGowan with a pair of sixth place finishes. McNaughton completed the 1,000 meter run in 2-minutes 32.29-seconds while McGowan crossed the finish line in the 5,000 meter run in 15-minutes, 1.39-seconds.
Last year's bronze medalist Nick Ingham in the heptathlon placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 13-feet, 9.25-inches. Ingham currently sits in fifth place in the heptathlon and will compete in his best events Sunday morning.
In the long jump two freshmen scored for UMass finishing fourth and seventh overall. Lamont Gooden hailing from Springfield, Mass. leaped the better mark of the two at 22-feet, 8-inches. Deion Arneaud was the seventh place finisher at 21-feet, 11-inches.
Qualifying for the finals was Peter Farlow in the 60 meter dash and three Minutemen in the 60 meter hurdles. Farlow completed the 60 meter dash in 7.08-seconds for seventh in the preliminaries.
Stephen Bigelow, Zack Grube and Zachary Blum all qualified for the finals in the 60 meter hurdles. Bigelow came in second at the 8.14-second mark. Grube was just 0.60-seconds behind at the 8.74-mark for a sixth place finish. Rounding out the top eight qualifiers completing the hurdles in 11.31-seconds was the freshman, Blum.