Men's Pole Vault Propels UMass In New England Opener
Feb. 23, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Minutemen showed off their depth in the pole vault once again on day one of the New England Championship. UMass also qualified five individuals for the finals on Saturday while Nick Ingham will continue to battle through the heptathlon.
Michael Cyphers and Gregory Copeland rose to the occasion once again on the big stage for UMass. Cyphers tied for second while Copeland tied for sixth in the event. The freshman Cyphers set a new personal best improving his best height from 15-feet, 6-inches to 15-feet, 11-inches on Friday. The mark was just one inch away from his goal however he now sits at second all-time in UMass history and is just two inches away from setting a new record in the event. Copeland tied for sixth in the event with a mark of 14-feet, 11-inches.
Quinn Ryder sprinted his way to the finals in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.01-seconds. Stephen Bigelow then followed up in the short distances with a time of 8.31-second performance in the 60 meter hurdles, also making his way to the finals. In the 500 meter dash Paul Grafov qualified for the finals as well with a time of 1:06.03.
UMass advanced two runners into the finals of the 1,000 meter run. Michael McNaughton and Thomas Mullen both finished well fast enough to advance to the second day and extend their indoor season. Mullen finished the event in just 2-minutes, 28.58-seconds while McNaughton finished in 2-minutes, 29.58-seconds.
The Minutemen will continue to compete at 10:00 A.M. Saturday morning at the Track and Tennis Center in Cambridge, Mass. for the finale of the New England Championship.