Youth Carries UMass To Third Place Finish In Minuteman Invite
April 13, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday, April 13 the Minutemen took third place in their first home meet of the season that also featured the team's senior day ceremonies. UMass finished with 109.5 points falling just short of Rhode Island and Northeastern. The Minutemen walk away with some big time performances as the underclassmen stepped up in front of their home crowd.
The Minutemen did most of their damage on the track as the Minutemen finished multiple contenders in the top eight in four events. The performance of the day came in the 110 meter hurdles where UMass scored three in the top eight.
Stephen Bigelow ran the 110 meter hurdles in just 14.46-seconds for a second place finish. The time now stands as the fourth best time recorded in UMass history. He was followed by Zack Grube in fourth place with a time of 15.28-seconds and Zachary Blum in eighth place at the 16.02-second mark.
Grube and Blum then each scored in the 400 meter hurdles as well with Peter Farlow leading the trio. Farlow ran the event in 55.69-seconds for a third place finish, beating Grube in fourth by a narrow margin of .11-milliseconds. Grube finished in 55.80-seconds and led Blum in seventh place with a time of 56.44-seconds.
In the 5,000 meter run UMass placed four underclassmen in the top eight with freshman Cory Thomas walking away as the victor in the event with a time of 15-minutes, 11.44-seconds. Thomas was followed by fellow freshman Blake Croteau who completed the event in 15-minutes, 20.91-seconds for a third place finish. Grabbing fifth and sixth place were sophomores Daniel Sheldon and Jacob LeBlanc. Sheldon finished in 15-minutes, 39.10-seconds while LeBlanc crossed the finish line at the 15-minute, 39.74-second mark.
Also picking up a first place finish was Ben Groleau in the 1,500 meter run. Groleau completed the event in 3-minutes, 52.58-seconds. In the steeplechase John Mantia and Paolo Tavares each scored with a second for UMass and third place finish. Mantia finished the event in 9-minutes, 36.49-seconds while Tavares finished in 9-minutes, 38.12-seconds.
In shorter distance events Zack Hildenbrandt finished third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.04-seconds on his senior day. Pat Farnham also found success in sprinting events with a fifth place performance in the 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line at the 11.15-second mark.
UMass' relays also scored with the 4x400 meter relay team finishing in 3-minutes, 20.01-seconds for a third place finish and the 4x100 meter relay quad finished fifth with a time of 42.52-seconds.
In the field, freshman thrower Brett Davies scored twice for his team with two sixth place finishes. Davies threw 43-feet, 8-inches in the shot put and 131-feet in the discus.
Minutemen jumpers also contributed with freshmen Deion Arneaud and Dana Pagliuca each finishing fifth in their event while Nate Abraham placed seventh in the pole vault. Arneaud leaped 20-feet, 9-inches in the long jump while Pagliuca jumped 43-feet, 2.25-inches in the triple jump. Abraham set a height of 12-feet, 9.5-inches in the pole vault.