Underclassmen Propel UMass In Minuteman Invitational
April 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Minutemen placed fifth overall in a field of 14 teams on Saturday afternoon in the first of two home meets this outdoor season. UMass underclassmen made up the majority of the team's 71 points on the day with the top performances coming from Michael Cyphers, Gregory Copeland and Stephen Bigelow. In Division-I competition the Minutemen came out on top with 149 points in a field of five.
In front of a home crowd in the midst of his first collegiate outdoor meet, Cyphers placed second in the pole vault, while his teammate Copeland finished in third place, setting a personal record in the event. The pair each jumped 15-feet, 3-inches, putting the duo at fourth all-time in program history in the outdoor pole vault. They both skip ahead of Albie Vasquez and David Blakeslee.
In hurdles Stephen Bigelow once again performed as he took second in the 110 meter hurdles, completing the event in 14.98-seconds. The junior was followed by freshman, Zack Grube who had perhaps his best collegiate meet in either indoor or outdoor competition. Grube placed sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.62-seconds. The freshman struck again in the 400 meter hurdles with a fifth place finish, finishing the race in 56.06-seconds. Also placing in the top eight in hurdles was Patrick Morrow. The sophomore's time of 57.17-seconds in the 400-meter hurdles placed him just behind Grube in seventh place.
Bradley Donahue had the best race of the day in the sprinting events with a fourth place finish in the 200 meter dash. The sophomore crossed the finish line at 22.47- seconds. The Minutemen would stay quiet in the short and mid distance events until they broke out in the 1,500 meter run, placing three in the top eight. Patrick McGowan came out on top of the trio with a time of 4-minutes, 1.86-seconds. The time was good enough for fifth in the event. Ben Groleau closely followed McGowan in sixth place finishing at 4-minutes, 2.47-seconds. Rounding out the event in eighth was Thomas Mullen. The junior completed the contest in 4-minutes, 3.49-seconds.
Later in distance events, a pair of underclassmen scored in the 10,000 meter run. Jacob LeBlanc finished fourth in the event while Zachary Florence placed just behind him in fifth. LeBlanc crossed the finish line at 32-minutes, 20.98-seconds, Florence finished the event in 32-minutes, 35.42-seconds.
UMass then had success once again in the 4x400 meter relay. The Minutemen finished in fourth place with a time of 3-minutes, 20.19-seconds.
In the field Brendon Cavallaro scored twice for the team with a pair of eighth place marks, one in the discus, the other in the shot put. The sophomore threw 44-feet and a .5-inch in the shot put and threw 127-feet, 5-inches in the discus. Throwing further in the discus at 133-feet, 6-inches was Mathias Burner who placed sixth in his first collegiate home meet.
This week the Minutemen will compete in the Holy Cross Invitational on April 20 and will send their multi athletes early to compete in the Holy Cross Decathlon taking place the 18th and 19th. The meet is set to start at 10:00 A.M. Saturday with the heptathlon starting at 11:30 A.M. both days.