Miller And Busch Crowned A-10 Champions
May 1, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's track and field team can be nothing less than proud of the performance put forth on one day of competition at the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championships. The meet, being hosted in Amherst, featured beautiful 80 degree weather and a compilation of excellent performances. The Minutemen stand second after day one, with 59 points.
Day one Atlantic 10 Champion, Brian Miller, not only notched first in the high jump, but also set the best mark in school history for a second consecutive week. The senior jumper set the school record at last weekend's UNH Pre-Conference Meet (4/24), reaching a height of 6-08.25. This Saturday, Miller soared above his previous mark to a height of 7-00.25, the best in the A-10 Conference this season.
A second A-10 Champion named on Saturday was the impressive junior, Sean Busch in the pole vault. Busch did not reach his season best mark, also the school's second best mark all-time, but did capture first place with a height of 15-03.00 on day of the A-10 Meet.
A pair of fourth best school historical marks were reached in the 10,000 meter run and the long jump. In the 10K it was Jonathan Pierce leading the pack for UMass, grabbing second place overall, while improving upon his previous qualifying time for the New England and IC4A Championships. Pierce now sits fourth all-time in the event. Also not failing to impress was Daniel Wu in the long jump, with a third place finish and a distance of 23-05.50. The mark now ties Wu for fourth best in Massachusetts history while qualifying him for both the New England and IC4A Championships.
Uniting as a team, the quad of Joe Doyle, Scott VanderMolen, Ryan DiOrio, and Daniel Barry all combined for a New England and IC4A Championship qualifying mark in the 4x800 meter relay. The time of 7:28.55, was good enough for fourth overall.
Also qualifying in the 10,000 meter run was Andrew McCann with a time of 32:10.57. McCann will now run at next weekend's New England Championships. Senior Nicolai Naranjo also improved upon his New England and IC4A qualifying time in the 10K, by crossing the line at 30:43.04.Sophomore sensation, Zachary Koncki, once again improved upon his 110 meter hurdles New England Championship qualifying time, crossing the line at 15.31. The time was good enough for 13th in the preliminaries.
The Minutemen will be back in action tomorrow, Sunday, May 2 as the team concludes the A-10 Championships in Amherst. Start time for day two is set for 9 am. Live video and audio coverage can be accessed by logging onto Atlantic10.com