Yale Invitational Marks Season Opener For Men's Track And Field
Jan. 10, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
The Beginning Of A Journey
The UMass Men's Track and Field team will kick off its 2014 journey at the Yale Invitational. The meet is slated for 9:00 A.M. in New Haven Conn. on Saturday January 11. After a 2013 season full of team and individual successes, Coach O'Brien's squad is one of the youngest in the Atlantic 10 with just six seniors.
Following a year in which the Minutemen only graduated three seniors the team is still a young up-and-coming squad full of young talent. The team will only graduate six in 2014 and have 23 freshmen on the roster. Despite the team's youth the season should unfold similar to this past cross country season. The team is a young one however the Minutemen will compete.
Minutemen On The Run
This year Coach O'Brien brought in another freshman class full of talent and promise with the most anticipated freshman being Blake Croteau following his breakthrough cross country campaign this fall. Croteau will join 29 distance runners and the group will act similar to how they did in cross country, as a team.
In the fall the Minutemen had Antony Taylor to lead the way and it will be no different this indoor season. Taylor will be joined by a slew of harriers that are talented enough to score when called upon. Croteau, Ben Groleau, Pat McGowan, Daniel Sheldon and Ben Thomas will be the leaders of what is a deep and highly praised supporting cast.
Many of the team's distance runners will help add depth in the team's 4x800 and distance medley relay quads as well as compete in shorter races as low as the 800 meter run.
Pat Farnham, Zack Hildenbrandt Stephen Bigelow and Zack Grube will surely repeat the success they had a season ago in sprinting events, both contributing individually and playing a vital role in relays. They will mentor the sole freshman sprinter Deion Arneaud hailing from Dorchester, Mass.
In mid-distance events Tom Mullen returns for his senior campaign. Mullen has produced consistently for the Minutemen and will be the team's leading 800 runner this season. Curt Owen, Hayden Frechette-McCall and four freshmen will join the senior in mid-distance events and relays in 2014.
Young Talent In The Field
The Minutemen do not have one senior on the roster competing in field events in 2014. The team is led by a group of juniors consisting of Brendan Cavallaro, Peter Farlow, Nate Abraham, and Greg Copeland.
Copeland will strive to continue his progression as the pole vaulter had his best season yet in 2013. Cavallaro, Farlow and Abraham are all coming back from injury but will contribute to the team's success this season.
Cavallaro will mentor the sole freshman thrower Brett Davies who is proving to be a solid competitor in throwing events going forward. After missing the 2013 season to injury Peter Farlow will be back at it, scoring for UMass in jumping events. Isaiah Fariel in his sophomore season and three freshmen will join Farlow in jumping events.
One athlete Coach Jackson has been particularly proud of since he arrived at UMass in 2013 is Nick Ingham. The sophomore will continue his success as one of the best multi event competitor in the conference. Ingham finished third last year in both the indoor and outdoor conference championship. UMass added another multi this season in Adam Bonifilio.