Koncki Back On Top, MT&F Sits Sixth After Day One
May 5, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - After being dethroned by teammates Daniel Wu just a week ago, senior Zachary Koncki reclaimed his school long jump title on Saturday, leading the UMass men's track and field team to a sixth place finish after one day of competition at the Atlantic 10 Championships. The Minutemen tallied 20 points at the UMass Track and Field Complex on Saturday and will conclude action at the 2012 Conference Championships on Sunday.
Koncki's mark of 24-00.75 bested the school's previous record of 24-00.25 set just one week ago at the UNH Pre-Conference Meet. The Northampton, Mass. native placed second in the event and scored eight points for his team.
Evan Donadt was another bright spot for UMass, as the was just .09 seconds away from the school record book. Donadt clocked in at 53.39, while placing fifth in the preliminaries of the 400 meter hurdles, qualifying for Sunday's finals, and setting a new personal record in the event. Also impressive in the 400 hurdles was freshman Peter Farlow who reeled off a career-best readout of 54.46 and qualified for tomorrow's finals and New England Championships.
Out on the track early in the day was Patrick McGowan in the 10K, as the Mansfield, Mass. native stood strong in the front pack of the event and crossed the line at 30:38.86 in his first ever official competition in the event. The time was good enough for sixth place and to qualify for next weekend's New England Championships. In true decathlete fashion, Daniel Schwartz and Mark Hewitt were the first athletes at the track on Saturday. The former of the duo sits fifth after five events of the decathlon with 3023 points thus far.
Speedy in the dashing events was Quinn Ryder by recording a new PR in the 100 meter event. The sophomore clocked in at 10.81 and will run in the finals of the event tomorrow. Another underclassmen found success on the home course as Raymond Acciavatti stood fifth in the javelin throw with a career-best mark of 178-10, while recording four points for the squad.
Action on Sunday commences at 9 a.m. with the men's decathlon 110 meter hurdles. The annual Awards Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on the infield of the UMass Track and Field Complex.