Men's Track And Field Claims Second In Pre-Conference Meet
April 28, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - It was business as usual on the track for Minutemen as most of their 117.5 total points came from their runners in their own Pre-Conference Meet. The Minutemen fell short of Northeastern with 140 points while UMass grabbed second with 117.5 points. They finished 23 in the top eight on the track and battled for 10 New England Championship worthy marks.
It was Patrick Farnham and Quinn Ryder who shined in the sprinting events, going back-to-back again in the 100 meter dash. The pair grabbed third and fourth respectively with a Farnham clocking in at 11.25-seconds while Ryder was just behind him at 11.26-seconds. Ryder would then go on to place third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.56-seconds. Bradley Donahue won the event at 22.32-seconds and Josh Arons finished fifth, crossing the finish line at 22.69-seconds.
Senior, Paul Grafov and Zachary Hildenbrandt went three and four in the 400 meter dash. Grafov completed the race in 50.35-seconds while Hildenbrandt finished in 50.51-seconds. In the 800 meter run it was Tom Mullen who was the runner up with a time of 1-minute, 53.99-seconds.
In the 1,500 meter run UMass scored three in the top eight. Ben Groleau ran the event in 4-minutes, 0.90-seconds for a third place finish. In sixth and eighth place came Michael Giardina and Michael McNaughton. Giardina clocked in at 4-minutes, 2.08-seconds and was just faster than McNaughton at 4-minutes, 3.73-seconds.
Patrick McGowan and Ben Thomas each placed top eighth for UMass in the 5,000 meter run. The pair placed sixth and seventh with times of 15-minutes, 52.83-seconds and 15-minutes, 56.14-seconds respectively.
Stephen Bigelow grabbed third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.96-seconds. Standout freshman Zack Grube ran one of his two personal bests in the event, claiming seventh with a time of 15.45-seconds. Grube would then lead the Minutemen in the 400 meter hurdles with his second personal best of the day. The Peabody, Mass. native ran the event in 55.45-seconds for a sixth place finish. Patrick Morrow followed Grube in seventh and a time of 55.58-seconds.
UMass was able to score in all three relays on the day, first grabbing second in the 4x100 meter relay. Farnham, Bigelow, Arons and Ryder all contributed to a 42.28-second finish. The sixth place quad consisted of Youssef Elkorchi, Grube, Hayden Frechette-McCall and John Brooks with a time of 43.66-seconds.
The team had three top six relay teams in the 4x400. Elkorchi, Donahue, Hildenbrandt and Grafov all finished in 3-minutes, 24.89-seconds. The time was good enough for third while the team's second squad finished fourth. Frechette-McCall, Mullen, Giardina and Brooks crossed the finish line at 3-minutes, 28.45-seconds. The final team grabbed sixth and consisted of Chris Greene, Stephen Ness, McNaughton and Eric Albino with a combined time of 3-minutes, 41.12-seconds.
The Minutemen then claimed points in the 4x800 meter relay with McNaughton, Groleau, Ness and Giardina coming in second place at 8-minutes, 12.15-seconds.
In the field the Minutemen found success in their senior AJ Grube who placed sixth in the high jump. Grube leaped a height of 6-feet, 1.25-inches. Freshman, Isaiah Fariel then grabbed sixth as well in the long jump with a distance of 20-feet, 7-inches. It was in the pole vault where UMass found its most success with Michael Cyphers and Gregory Copeland finishing back-to-back in second and third place. The pair each vaulted 5-feet, 3-inches and fell short to Cyphers' older brother Josh Cyphers of Dartmouth at 15-feet, 9-inches.
The Minutemen will travel down to Charlotte, N.C. for the 2013 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Conference Championship on Friday. The championship meet will be held on Saturday and Sunday.