Snatching 7th Place, MT&F Finishes Strong At MIT
May 13, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With a three day total of 37 points, the UMass men's track and field team captured seventh place in a field of 38 squads at the New England Championships on Saturday. The multi-day competition marks the conclusion of the regular track season for the Minutemen, and will lead into the NCAA East Regional Championships should anyone qualify. A-10 foe Rhode Island claimed first place at MIT.
Marking an impressive day was standout Quinn Ryder in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The sophomore set career-best times in both events with readouts of 10.77 and 21.74 respectively. Ryder grabbed fourth place in the shorter of the two events and fifth in the longer, for a meet total of 10 team points for Ken O'Brien's squad.
Evan Donadt also notched a few scores for the Minutemen, running the 400 meter hurdles in 53.60, good enough for five points. Mark Hewitt also tallied five points for the maroon and white, by amassing five points in the decathlon through two days of competition.
Wrapping up action in Cambridge, Mass. was the 4x400 meter relay quad comprised of Evan Donadt, Zach Hildenbrandt, Paul Grafov, and Quinn Ryder who combined for a team season best time of 3:16.23. The foursome took home seventh in the event.
Pending results from the NCAA East Region following the weekend of May 19 and 20, the regional qualifiers will be announced, and be sent to compete in Jacksonville, Fla. May 24-26.