Freshmen Lead MT&F To Top Spot At Minuteman Invite
April 16, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - A second straight week on the UMass 9-Lane Facility was good enough to propel the men's track and field team to a first place finish at the Minuteman Invitational on Saturday. Ken O'Brien's squad tallied 192.50 points, and were able to beat out seven other squads. Five freshmen for UMass took home the top spots in their events, while one captured a second place victory.
Claiming first in the 4x100 meter relay for a second straight was the UMass unit comprised of Quinn Ryder, Tyler Cotto, Chris Greene, and Ted Greene with a team time of 42.67. In the 4x400 meter relay event the UMass quad comprised of Paul Grafov, Zach Hildenbrandt, Nick Otis, and Michael McDonough combined for a second place finish in 3:24.19. Another top spot was awarded to UMass in the 5K as Patrick McAllister ran a 14:56.88, setting a personal record .
The 100 meter dash again was a string of luck for freshman Quinn Ryder, who claimed second placed in 11.25. This is the second straight week in which Ryder has placed in the top two spots in the event. Another victory was awarded to Tyler Cotto in the 110 meter hurdles. The senior captain crossed the line in 14.42, improving upon his current third best school historical time, previously held at 14.45.
Next up were Sean Duncan and Paul Grafov who each placed in the top five spots in their respective events. The former placed third in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:00;18, while Grafov took home fourth in the 400 meter dash in 49.79. Claiming his first ever top spot in an event was freshman Tom Mullen in the 800 meter run in 1:54.06. Right behind him was teammate and senior captain Scott VanderMolen who crossed the line in 1:54.88. Trailing in sixth was sophomore Joe Doyle, who set a time of 1:56.35.
Another freshman taking home first place in his event was Aaron Araujo in the 400 meter hurdles. Crossing the line in 54.59, Araujo was just over a second off from setting a top five school mark in the event. Teammate Evan Donadt followed Araujo in second with a time of 54.96.
In the 200 meter dash Conor Megee and Daniel Wu were successful, finishing in fourth and fifth respectively. Megee ran a 23.32, while Wu crossed the line in 23.37. Wu's main success of the day came in the triple jump, where the junior Finance major placed first with a mark of 44-9.50.
In other field event action action Zachary Koncki leaped a distance of 23 feet to win the long jump. Throwing partners Kevin Spieler and David McKenna were neck `n neck in the hammer throw, as the former of the two placed third with a throw of 162-01, while McKenna followed in fourth with a mark of 160-06, a personal record for him. In the discus throw it was McKenna leading the way in fourth with a throw of 137-05, while Spieler followed in fifth with a throw of 135-06. Senior Sean Busch was also back in action on Saturday, as the Stow, Mass. native claimed the top spot in the pole vault with a mark of 14-3.25.
UMass returns to action next weekend for the two day Larry Ellis Invitational, being hosted in Princeton, N.J. The meet is set to kick off at 4 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday.