Men's Track Captures Top Spot In Home Opener
April 14, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's track and field team could not have asked for anything to go better at the UMass Invitational on Saturday at the UMass Track and Field Complex. With sunny skies and near-perfect weather, the Minutemen took home first place in a field of 13 teams with 125 points. Ken O'Brien's team also compiled XX top three finishes in the season's home opener.
Setting the bar high on Saturday was sophomore Jared Reddy in the 1500 meter run. The Methuen, Mass. native clocked in at a career-best 3:56.81 while placing second. Reddy's time was nearly five seconds improved from his previous personal record.
UMass did steal a top spot in Amherst, in the competitive 110 meter hurdles. Stephen Bigelow was the fastest leg on the Minutemen's squad, clocking in at 15.59 while placing first. The UMass 4x100 meter relay team was not far behind first place, as the quad comprised of Bigelow, Patrick Farnham, Joshua Arons, and Quinn Ryder stole second with a team readout of 42.88.
Getting back to his speedy ways as well was Quinn Ryder in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. With readouts of 11.25 and 22.20, Ryder took home second and fourth respectively in the two events. His 200 meter time marked a career-best. Also dashing away the day was Aaron Araujo and Paul Grafov in the 400 meter event. The duo reeled off times of 49.78 and 49.95, good enough for fourth and fifth respectively.
In the field events, Daniel Wu and Gregory Copeland were at the forefront of coach O'Brien's efforts. The former of the two leaped 23-1.25 in the long jump, in a highly competitive final jump, while Copeland raked in third in the pole vault with a career-best height of 14-9.00. Senior David McKenna, who was honored before the meet as part of the Senior Day Ceremony, was solid in the discus throw with a mark of 139-00, good enough for third place.
The mid-distance events were stuffed full of Minutemen with Thomas Mullen and Evan Donadt at the top of the list. The New Bedford, Mass. native, Mullen, ran a 1:53.84 in the 800 meter run, while Donadt registered a 54.17 in the 400 meter hurdles. Mullen's time was a career-best in his event.
The UMass Invitational will be broadcast via tape delay on CBS3 NOW on April 18 at 8 pm. That is Comcast Digital Cable 293 in Western Massachusetts, Charter Cable 290, and UMass Cable 79. DVD copies of the meet can additionally be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minutemen are back on the road as next weekend as the Larry Ellis Invite is on the docket at Princeton University.