MT&F Starts Season With 2nd Place Finish At AIC
April 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Only to be ousted by A-10 Conference rival, Rhode Island, the UMass men's track and field team grabbed second place in a field of 11 teams at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday. The outdoor season's opening meet, yielded the Minutemen a 107 point performance on the day, including ten top-three finishes.
It was the senior jumper from Tenafly, N.J. leading the way for the Minutemen, as Daniel Wu tallied two top-three finishes in the long and triple jumps on Saturday. Wu took home second in the former of the two events with a mark of 22-5.00, while placing third in the latter with a jump of 44-5.25. All told, Wu scored 14 points in Springfield, Mass.
A pair of first-years stood out in the 800 meter run and 200 meter dash for coach Ken O'Brien. Stephen Ness ran the mid-distance event in 1:59.36 while placing fifth, and Patrick Farnham crossed the line at 22.20 in the dashing event, good enough for second place.
The sophomore duo comprised of Stephen Bigelow and Quinn Ryder equaled success in the 110 meter hurdles and 100 meter dash respectively. Bigelow reeled off a time of 15.02 in the hurdles, taking home second and scoring eighth points. Ryder, who returned after not running during the indoor campaign, registered a readout of 11.25 in the 100 meter dash and placed fourth.
Also proving to be fresh at the start of the outdoor campaign were roomates Patrick McGowan and Antony Taylor in the 5K. McGowan led the pairing in 14:50.84 and took home the top spot in the event, as Taylor followed in second with a career-best time of 14:57.24.
Rounding out the day's competition at American International College were junior AJ Grube and senior Evan Donadt. The former reached a height of 6-2.25 in the high jump, as the latter clocked in at 54.65 in the 400 meter hurdles. Both competitors placed second in their respective events.
The Minutemen return to action next Saturday for the home opener as the UMass Invitational kicks off at 11:30 a.m. A tape-delayed version of the meet will be broadcast on CBS3 NOW on Wednesday, April 11 in the afternoon at a time TBA.