Men's Track Off To A Strong Start In Outdoor Competition
April 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The men's track and field squad came out swinging on the track at the AIC Invitational. The Minutemen's depth and talent carried the team throughout the meet and to a first place finish with 101 points out of 17 total teams. The runner up was Central Connecticut with 86 points. Coach O'Brien's athletes fought their way to 26 top eight performances.
Stephen Bigelow claimed the Minutemen's sole individual first place performance of the day in the 110 meter hurdles, completing the event in just 15.17-seconds. Freshman, Zach Grube's time of 15.89-seconds was good enough for eighth place in the event. Grube then followed up in the 400 meter hurdles with a fourth place performance and a time of 57.78-seconds. Patrick Morrow ran the 400 meter hurdles in 58.65-seconds for a seventh place finish.
On the track underclassmen Patrick Farnham and Youssef El Korchi led the way in the 100 meter dash for UMass. Farnham finished with a time of 11.23-seconds while the freshman, El Korchi, finished the event in 11.37-seconds for eighth place. Farnham struck again in the 200 meter dash when he led fellow sophomore Joshua Arons with a time of 22.86-seconds for a sixth place finish while Arons trailed in seventh at 23.06-seconds.
In the 400 meter run three of the top eight spots were claimed by Minutemen with Zachary Hildenbrandt leading the way. Hildenbrandt placed third, crossing the finish line at 50.53-seconds with Paul Grafov just behind him in fourth place and a time of 50.54-seconds. UMass freshman Hayden Frechette-McCall scored in eighth place, completing the event in 51.68-seconds. Thomas Mullen ran the 800 meter run in 1-minute, 55.88-seconds for a sixth place finish.
Underclassmen shined in the 5,000 meter run for UMass with a sophomore and a freshman placing in the top four. Jacob LeBlanc claimed third place in the event, finishing the race in 15-minutes, 31.24-seconds while teammate Zachary Florence finished fourth with a time of 15-minutes, 35.24-seconds.
The Minutemen ran through the relays with ease claiming first, third and fourth in the 4x100 meter relay and first, fourth and sixth in the 4x400 meter relay.
In the field Brendon Cavallaro and Mathias Burner scored all of UMass' points in the throwing events. Cavallaro finished in seventh in the discus throw with a mark of 128-feet, 10-inches. The sophomore also scored in the shot put, throwing 42-feet, 4.25-inches for fifth place. Mathias also claimed a fifth place finish with a throw of 132-feet, 10-inches in the discus throw.
Nick Ingham and Gregory Copeland led the way in jumping events, each with a pair of top eight performances. The sophomore, Copeland, grabbed eighth in the long jump, leaping 20-feet, 6.5-inches following his second place performance in the pole vault where he posted a height of 14-feet, 5.25-inches. Ingham claimed two fifth place finishes on the afternoon, one in the pole vault, the other in the high jump. Ingham vaulted 11-feet, 5.75-inches and leaped 6-feet in the high jump.
The Minutemen will compete against 20 teams this upcoming weekend when they host the Minuteman Invitational on April 13th at 11:30 A.M. at the UMass Track and Field Complex.