One Last Trial On Deck For Men's Track Before A-10s
Feb. 7, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
Minutemen Head Back To Yale For Regular Season Finale
The Minutemen will compete at the Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. This is the team's final test of the indoor season prior to the Atlantic 10 Championship on February 22. Coach O'Brien's squad is coming off a stellar performance at the Harvard Invitational in which the team excelled in all aspects of the sport.
On the track McNaughton led three other Minutemen in the 800 meter run to top eight finishes. McNaughton completed the event in 1-minute, 55.55-seconds for one of the four first place finishes on the day.
Taylor grabbed the other individual first place finish on the track finishing ahead of 33 other harriers in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8-minutes, 22.45-seconds.
Gooden recorded the best distance in the long jump leaping 22-feet, 7-inches for the first place performance among 19 other jumpers. He then went on to finish in the top eight again in the triple jump with a fifth place finish and a mark of 44-feet, 6-inches. Gooden ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in the long jump and third in the triple jump.
Read the full recap from Cambridge here.
Bigelow And Gooden Lead The Way At Northeastern
The Minutemen competed Friday evening at the Reggie Lewis Center for the Northeastern Indoor Games in Roxbury, Mass. in an unscored meet. Stephen Bigelow had the team's best performance of the day with a third place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. Bigelow completed the 60 meter hurdles in just 8.25-seconds for his third place finish.
In the field Lamont Gooden once again proved to be a freshman that can produce for his team right away. The Springfield, Mass. native finished fourth overall in the long jump leaping 22-feet, 1.75-inches.
Read the full recap from Northeastern here.
A Record Broken, Multis Shine In Rhode Island
The Minutemen continued their success from the season opener at the Sorlien Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Kingston, R.I. but it was what happened on Friday that highlighted the men's performance in their second week of competition.
Nick Ingham battled to score a program record 4,731 points over the course of two days in the URI heptathlon prior to Saturday's meet. The sophomore finished fourth overall in the contest and was followed by freshman multi Adam Bonifilio in eighth place. Bonifilio's score of 4,379 points places him fourth all-time in the event at UMass.
Ingham was then honored later in the week by the University of Massachusetts, Atlantic 10 Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference as performer of the week.
Read the full recap from Rhode Island here.
A Successful Season Opener
Despite just a week of practice prior to their first meet, many of Coach O'Brien's Minutemen appear to be ready for the grind to come. Out of the nine top eight performances UMass turned in, seven included freshmen.
In the field it was a pair of first year Minutemen who grabbed eighth or better in their respective events. Springfield, Mass. native Lamont Gooden had the best finish of the day with a leap of 46-feet in the triple jump landing him second in the meet. Coach Jackson's newest multi Adam Bonifilio tied for eighth in the high jump with a height of 6-feet, 0.5-inches
Cross Country standout Ben Thomas would then go on to take a fourth place finish in the 3,000 meter run. Completing the race in just 8-minutes, 38.61-seconds. Another Minuteman to find success individually on the track was Stephen Bigelow. The senior hurdler finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.30-seconds.
Read the full recap from the season opener here.