Taylor Crowned Conference Champion In The Steeplechase
May 3, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday in Amherst, Mass., at the UMass Track and Field Complex the Minutemen hosted day one of the 2014 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship and are now in sixth place overall going into the final day of competition on Sunday. Antony Taylor shined in his final Atlantic 10 Championship with his golden performance in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Taylor completed the steeplechase in front of a roaring home crowd in just 9-minutes, 5.27-seconds to win the event and claim his first Atlantic 10 Championship. The gold medal performance is UMass' first since Sean Busch won the pole vault at the 2011 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship. He is the first A-10 Champion in the steeplechase from UMass since 1999 when Brendan Sullivan won the event.
Also scoring in the steeplechase was Paolo Tavares. The freshman ran the event in 9-minutes, 19.56-seconds for a seventh place finish.
UMass also found success in the field recording three scoring performances. Zachary Blum recorded a height of 6-feet, 0.5-inches in the high jump to tie for seventh place. In the pole vault Nate Abraham set a height of 13-feet, 9.25-inches for a fifth place effort while Greg Copeland recorded a 13-foot, 3.5-inch mark to finish seventh.
The Minutemen positioned themselves for success in the finals on the A-10 finale qualifying seven Minutemen for the finals.
Five of the seven came in the hurdles with Stephen Bigelow and Zack Grube qualifying in the 100 meter hurdes. Bigelow finished the event in 14.57-seconds to place second in the preliminaries. Grube was seventh with a time of 15.19-seconds.
Grube also qualified in the 400 meter hurdles with Peter Farlow and Blum. Farlow recorded the top time of the trio for a sixth place finish in the preliminary round with a time of 55.44-seconds. Grube was just behind his teammate at the 55.56-second mark for a seventh place effort. Blum finished in 56.04-seconds to grab the nine spot and qualify for the finals.
The other two qualifying times came in sprints with Pat Farnham running the ninth fastest time in the 100 meter dash. Farnham finished the sprint in 10.97-seconds. Zack Hildenbrandt crossed the finish line of the 400 meter dash at the 48.71-second mark to qualify with an eight place finish.
The Atlantic 10 Championship will continue tomorrow, May 4 at 8:45 AM.