Michael Cyphers Highlights Day One Of A-10's
May 4, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Freshman, Michael Cyphers grabbed the spotlight for the Minutemen in the pole vault on day one of the Atlantic 10 Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Cyphers finished third in a tight three-way competition with Kevin Calhoun of Charlotte and Jordan Burandt of URI. The event came down to the final vault, Calhun and Burandt all fouled out and had Cyphers cleared his final attempt of 16-feet, 3-inches he would have been crowned the A-10 Champion. The Lebanon, N.H. native just missed the mark and would settle for the bronze in the meet. The mark also places Cyphers tied for second in the UMass record book.
Gregory Copeland also scored in the pole vault for the Minutemen with a vault of 15-feet, 3-inches. The sophomore placed fifth in the event. Stephen Bigelow finished third in the 110 meter hurdle preliminaries, completing the event in 14.72-seconds. Zack Grube just missed the finals in the event, however he did set a personal best time of 15.40-seconds.
Grube then made the finals in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 55.78-seconds. He finished behind Patrick Morrow who set a personal best time of 55.29-seconds for a fifth place finish in the preliminaries.
The Minutemen were able to set three personal best times in the 800 meter run. Thomas Mullen finished in front of the pack for UMass at 1-minute, 53.03-seconds. Curt Owen and Stephen Ness finished at 1-minute, 55.31-seconds and 1-minute, 55.63-seconds respectively.
At the end of day Nick Ingham, the favorite in the decathlon, is sitting in third place. He and the Minutemen will begin competition again in Charlotte, N.C. at 8:30 A.M. for the final day of the A-10 Championship.