Future On Display In Men's Sixth Place Finish At A-10's
Feb. 24, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - On Sunday, February 23 the Minutemen finished with a sixth place performance at the 2014 Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship in Kingston, R.I. The team finish was propelled in the finale of the two-day championship meet by three all-conference efforts and 12 scoring performances all together, nine of which featured freshmen or sophomores.
Continuing into day two of the A-10 Championship was the heptathlon where the Minutemen scored two young men on the rise for UMass. Sophomore Nick Ingham fought for a fourth place finish overall in the two day affair with 4,679 points. Freshman Adam Bonfilio recorded the best score of his collegiate career with 4,587 points placing him fifth in the event.
4,587 points sets Bonfilio in second place at UMass and just short of Ingham's school record. The freshman advanced from fourth on the program list to the two spot surpassing former UMass multi Mark Hewitt's career best score of 4,491 points in 2012.
The Minutemen claimed three medals on Sunday and all of them came in the lanes. The highest placing medalist was Stephen Bigelow in the 60 meter hurdles completing the event in 8.10-seconds. The time was good enough for second place and would be followed up with fourth and seventh place finishes coming from underclassmen Zack Grube and Zachary Blum.
Grube had the better finish of the two clocking in at 8.72-seconds while Blum crossed the finish line in 9.08-seconds. Blum later placed eighth in the high jump as well setting a height of 6-feet, 0.5-inches.
The other two all-conference efforts came in longer distance events, one from Ben Groleau and one from Antony Taylor. Groleau ran the mile in just 4-minutes, 12.09-seconds taking the bronze while Taylor finished third as well with a time of 8-minutes, 25.42-seconds in the 3,000 meter run.
The next best finish on the track came from Peter Farlow in the 60 meter dash. His time of 7.05-seconds placed him fourth in the finals of the sprinting event. Another scoring performance in a short distance race came from the senior Zack Hildenbrandt. The co-captain placed sixth with a time of 1-minute, 6.15-seconds. Michael McNaughton rounded out the top eight finishing eighth in the 1,000 meter run clonking in at the 2-minute, 37.14-second mark.
Groleau, Blum and Hildenbrandt all came back to compete in the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays, managing to score in both. Michael Maldari Alex Finestone and Stephan Ness all joined Groleau in the 4x800 combining for a fifth place worthy 7-minutes, 57.56-seconds. Blum and Hildenbrandt assisted Pat Farnham and Deion Arneaud in the 4x400 meter relay to a sixth place finish with a time equaling 3-minutes, 32.97-seconds.
Freshmen Dana Pagliuca and Brett Davies each did well in their respective field events. They each took home sixth place with Pagliuca in the triple jump and Davies in the shot put. In the triple jump Pagliuca recorded a 43-foot, 3-inch jump allowing him to score in his first A-10 Championship and Davies threw 45-feet, 10.75-inches.
Next weekend the Minutemen will travel to Boston for the New England Championship. The meet is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Boston University's Track and Tennis Center on Friday, February 27 and will conclude Saturday, February 28.