New UMass LJ Record Set By Wu at UNH
April 29, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. - Not much could improve a senior season more than breaking a school record, as Daniel Wu did on Saturday at the UNH-Pre Conference Meet. The weekend's proceedings was not scored by team, as seven Minutemen qualified for the New England Championships, and five recorded personal record performances.
All season long Wu has compiled solid results for UMass in the outdoor long jump. In Durham, N.H. on Saturday he propelled himself to a mark of 24-00.25 in the event, placing first, qualifying for the New England Championships, and setting the top readout in Massachusetts history.
Other standouts on the day included Zachary Koncki, who competed for the firs time this spring, along with Evan Donad. Both qualified for the NEC's in the 110 meter hurdles with times of 15.35 and 15.42 respectively, while placing fourth and fifth. Koncki additionally qualified for the New England Meet in the long jump with a leap of 22-7.00, and Donadt did the same but in the 400 meter hurdles by reeling off a time of 54.71.
Freshman and sophomore Patrick Farnham and Quinn Ryder highlighted the dynamic dashers on Saturday with times of 10.96 in the 100 meter event and 22.52 in the 200 meter dash respectively. Farnham qualified for the New England Championships in teh shorter of the two, while also registering a career-best readout. Ryder placed third in the 200 dash and Farnham took home third.
Twthe final personal records of the day came from Michael Giardina in the 800 meter run, Antony Taylor in the 3000 meter steeplechase, and Andrew Grube in the high jump. The performances were 1:59.03, 9:38.59, and 6-4.25 respectively among the three competitors. Taylor's mark was good enough to compete at MIT for the New England Championships in two weeks and for second place, as Grube also took home second and Giardina sixth in their events.
Patrick McGowan wrapped up action at the Pre-Conference Meet with a time of 15:05.31 in the 5K, while claiming the top spot in the event.
The Minutemen return to the Amherst area for the Atlantic 10 Championships on May 5 and 6 at the UMass Track and Field Complex.