University of Massachusetts Women's Track & Field Atlantic 10 Championship Preview
On Saturday February 21 and 22 the Massachusetts Men's Track and Field team will compete in the team's most anticipated competition of its indoor campaign, the 2014 Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship. The conference championship will be held in Kingston, R.I. at the University of Rhode Island's Mackal Fieldhouse with a start time set for 9:30 AM.
A Look Back to a Year Ago
The Minutemen placed ninth overall in the conference.
Greg Copeland placed seventh in the pole vault while Michael Cyphers finished fourth in his first indoor championship meet. Copeland set a height of 14-feet, 9-inches while Cyphers vaulted 15-feet, 3-inches.
Coach O'Brien put together a winning distance medley relay squad consisting of Ben Groleau, Paul Grafov, Thomas Mullen and Antony Taylor. The four finished the race fourth in a time of 10-minutes, 9.31-seconds.
On the second day of competition Nick Ingham was the standout with an All-Conference performance in the heptathlon. Ingham placed third overall with 4,666 points.
Stephen Bigelow and Quinn Ryder each had eighth place finishes in their respective short distance events. Bigelow compled the 60 meter hurdles in 8.26-seconds while rides ran the 60 meter dash in 7.13-seconds.
In the 3,000 meter run Antony Taylor finished seventh crossing the finish line in 8-minutes, 32.67-seconds.
AJ Grube (brother of Zack Grube) grabbed eighth place in the high jump with a mark totaling 6-feet, 4.25-inches.
Grube and Ryder then contributed to a sixth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. They teamed up with Paul Grafov and Pat Farnham to cross the finish at 3-minutes, 26.20-seconds.
Nick Ingham is the team's sole athlete who is currently ranked in the top three of any event. The sophomore is looking to improve upon his third place performance last year in the indoor championship meet. Ingham is currently ranked second in the heptathlon with his school record 4,756 points.
Set To Score
Along with Nick Ingham in the heptathlon is freshman Adam Bonfilio. He is currently ranked fifth in the conference.
Another freshman in the field looking to score in his first Atlantic 10 Championship is Brett Davies in the shot put. Davies now holds the seventh best mark in the conference at 45-feet, 6.25-inches.
Freshman jumper and Springfield, Mass. native Lamont Gooden is currently ranked fourth in both the long and triple jump. He could be joined by Isaiah Fariel in the long jump who just misses the top eight in ninth place with a mark equaling 21-feet, 2.5-inches.
Greg Copeland is currently eighth on the conference performance list in the pole vault. Copeland's season best height to this point is 14-feet, 6-inches.
Ingham currently holds the seventh best height in the high jump at 6-feet, 3.5-inches.
Stephen Bigelow will look to break the top three as he currently holds the fourth best time in the 60 meter hurdles. Bigelow's best time so far is 8.23-seconds.
Harriers Antony Taylor and Ben Groleau are each ranked eighth to this point in their respective events. Taylor holds the eighth best time in the 3,000 while Groleau is eighth in the mile.
In the last meet of the season for UMass Peter Farlow recorded the seventh best time in the conference of 7.03-seconds in the 60 meter dash.