Minutemen Continue To Thrive On The Track
April 21, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Minutemen finished third overall in Saturday's meet, scoring a total of 99 points on the day. The men's track and field team scored the majority of their points on the track with a big boost coming from their sprint and mid distance runners. However, even though the men's team battled all day Saturday their performance of the week came from freshman Nick Ingham.
Ingham finished first in the decathlon this week in the Holy Cross Decathlon and scored a total of 6,186 points over the course of 10 events. The score not only places Ingham third best in UMass history but it also ranks him in the top group of competitors in the A-10 Conference this outdoor season. The freshman came into this season only knowing two of the ten events and has had to work hard with Coach Jackson to learn the eight new events necessary to be an A-10 competitor in the decathlon.
UMass scored it's usual, consistent duo of Quinn Ryder and Patrick Farnham in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Ryder got the better time of the two in each event, placing third in the 100 with a time of 11.02-seconds while Farnham was immediately behind at 11.05-seconds for fourth place. In the 200 meter dash Ryder finished in fifth at 22.33-seconds with Farnham again on his heels at 22.46 for sixth in the event.
Zachary Hildenbrandt and Paul Grafov would then grab the top two spots in the 400 meter dash. Hildenbrandt ran the 400 meters in just 50.22-seconds while Grafov was just .02-seconds behind in second place at 50.24-seconds. Ben Groleau then claimed the team's lone scoring performance in the 800 meter run, clocking in at 1-minute, 57.09-seconds in fifth place. In the 1500 Michael Giardina was also the only one to place with a time of 4-minutes, 2.99-seconds.
In the hurdles Stephen Bigelow placed fourth in the 110 meter hurdles completing the race in 14.94-seconds. Zack Grube then placed twice in the hurdles again for the third straight week. Grube placed sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.52-seconds, The freshman then placed third in the 400 meter hurdles, crossing the finish line at 55.89-seconds. Nathan Abraham finished off the hurdles for the Minutemen with a 1-minute, 0.15-second performance for seventh place.
UMass placed fourth and fifth in the rely events at the Holy Cross Invitational. The Minutemen ran the 4x100 meter relay in 43.13-seconds. In the 4x400 meter relay Youssef Elkorchi, Hayden Frechette-McCall, Farnham, and Grafov ran 3-minutes, 24.32-seconds and finished fifth.
On the infield AJ Grube was the only Minuteman to place in the high jump. Set a height of 6-feet, 2-inches pacing him fifth in the event. In the pole vault Michael Cyphers and Gregory Copeland finished second and third again respectively.
Throwers Mathias Burner and Brendon Cavallaro both scored for the Minutemen on the afternoon with three total top eight performances. Cavallaro placed fourth, throwing 43-feet, 10.75-inches in the shot put. Burner then scored twice, once in the discus throwing 132-feet, 4-inches for fifth place, the other was an eighth place finish in the hammer with a mark of 121-feet, 11-inches.
Next week it is senior day, the team's final home meet of the outdoor season and the final meet prior to the A-10 Conference Championships. The UMass Pre-Conference Meet will kick off at 11:30 A.M.
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