Duo Of Record Book Times At IC4A's Day One
March 3, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. - With no team tally after one day of competition at the IC4A Indoor Championships, the UMass men's track and field squad posted two Massachusetts record book performances in Boston, Mass. At the highly competitive meet, junior Paul Grafov and a 4x400 meter relay quad excelled for coach Ken O'Brien. Currently, Liberty stands first after one day of competition with 16 points. The conclusion of the IC4A Championships, with the finals of most events, will take place on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
For a second straight meet junior Paul Grafov climbed his way up the UMass record books in the 500 meter run. With a time of 1:04.06 on Saturday, the North Dartmouth, Mass. native tied for fourth best all-time at UMass with Neil Concepcion. Just one week ago, Grafov recorded the fifth best readout in Minutemen history. The finals of the 500 meter run will take place on Sunday.
It was a stellar day for O'Brien's relay engine, which was propelled by the 4x400 team comprised of Aaron Araujo (New Bedford, Mass.), Evan Donadt (Northborough, Mass.), Zach Hildenbrandt (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), and Paul Grafov. Grafov's leg crossed the line at 3:15.67, helping the quad to set the fifth best time in UMass history in the event. The mark was good enough for 15th in the preliminaries.
Also reeling off speedy times in the relay events was the 4x800 meter unit made of Thomas Mullen (Bridgewater, Mass.), Curtis Owen (Boxborough, Mass.), Michael Giardina (Lowell, Mass.), and Jared Reddy along with the DMR foursome of John Mantia (Mansfield, Mass.), Michael McDonough (Woburn, Mass.), Joe Doyle (Lancaster, Mass.), and Patrick McGowan (Mansfield, Mass.). The former of the two teams clocked in at 7:44.95 and took home 18th in the prelims, while the latter delivered a readout of 10:10.64, good enough for 19th in the prelims. Both times were team season bests in each respective event, as the finals of both relays will commence on Sunday.
Sunday will shut the door on the Minutemen's regular season with the conclusion of the IC4A Championships at Boston University. This will be the final opportunity for competitors to qualify for the NCAA Regional Indoor Championships.