Men's Track Slides To 8th At A-10's
May 6, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts Minutemen may not have hit all the right buttons on day two of the Atlantic 10 Championships, but there were a series of breakout performances for the men's track and field squad. UMass finished the Conference Meet on Sunday, which was hosted at the UMass Track and Field Complex with a total of 45 points in a field of 11 opponents. Charlotte claimed the team A-10 Title by amassing 210 points.
Climbing his way into the UMass record book after setting career-bests in back-to-back days was Evan Donadt in the 400 meter hurdles. The senior clocked in at 53.18, grabbing fourth in the finals on Sunday and setting the fifth-best time in school history. Donadt's time was good for five points towards the team total.
Quinn Ryder also solidified a top-five finish in the 100 meter dash. After being seeded below tenth in the event coming into the weekend, the sophomore stole fifth place in 10.94, scoring four points for the Minutemen. He is already qualified for next weekend's New England Championships.
Antony Taylor ran the 5K on the latter day of the A-10 Championships, and did quite well by setting a new personal record by nearly 20 seconds. The Arlington, Mass. native's time of 14:37.87 marked fifth best in the event, as Taylor scored four points for coach Ken O'Brien. Jared Reddy also ran the 5000 meter distance and qualified himself for the NEC's with a readout of 14:46.90.
Competing in ten events over two days was Daniel Schwartz, who tallied 5989 points in the men's decathlon. The redshirt senior won the final event of the series by taking home first in the 1500 meter run. Schwartz's total after two days was 5989, placing him fourth in the event.
In the field, David McKenna also added points for the Minutemen, as the UMass senior threw the discis 143-01 on Sunday, and scored two points for Massachusetts.
The Minutemen will next test their luck at the New England Championships May 10-12 at MIT.