Grafov Hits UMass Record Books At New England's
Feb. 25, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. - With many events yet to be run, the UMass men's track and field squad has yet to inch into the team rankings at the New England Championships after one day of competition. Paul Grafov (North Dartmouth, Mass.) was a bright spot for coach Ken O'Brien on Friday as he climbed into the UMass record books in the 500 meter run. Saturday will bring the conclusion of the two-day meet, being held at Boston University.
Grafov's fine showing in the 500 meter run preliminaries produced a time of 1:04.16, good enough for sixth place and to qualify for Saturday's finals. The readout marks the fifth-best time in school history, as the North Dartmouth, Mass. native now looks up at Neil Concepcion's fourth-best time of 1:04.06 set in 1999. Also competing in the mid-disatnce event was Evan Donadt (Northborough, Mass.) who found a place in Saturday's finals as well. The senior crossed the line at 1:05.36, setting a new career-best while taking tenth in the prelims.
Some handiwork was done in the distance medley relay by a UMass quad who stole ninth place while setting the best team season time in the event at 10:10.91. First-year Peter Farlow (Needham, Mass.) also rose above the bar on Friday, finishing first in the heptathlon 60 meter dash with a personal record time of 7.22.
UMass returns to the track for the final day of competition on Saturday. Proceedings are set to get underway at 9:30 a.m. in the state's capital.