Minutemen Venture To Westfield, Mass., for New England Championship
On Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 in Worcester, Mass., the men's track and field team will compete in the 2014 Outdoor Track and Field New England Championship. The championship meet has a start time set for 10:00 AM both days. Antony Taylor will look for his second gold medal in the steeplechase and qualify for regionals while Stephen Bigelow will strive for the podium once again in the 100 meter hurdles.
Taylor's Golden Performance In The Steeplechase Highlights A-10's
On Saturday in Amherst, Mass., at the UMass Track and Field Complex the Minutemen hosted day one of the 2014 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship and are now in sixth place overall going into the final day of competition on Sunday. Antony Taylor shined in his final Atlantic 10 Championship with his golden performance in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Taylor completed the steeplechase in front of a roaring home crowd in just 9-minutes, 5.27-seconds to win the event and claim his first Atlantic 10 Championship. The gold medal performance is UMass' first since Sean Busch won the pole vault at the 2011 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship. He is the first A-10 Champion in the steeplechase from UMass since 1999 when Brendan Sullivan won the event.
Read the full recap from day one of the Atlantic 10 Championship here.
Read the full recap from day two of the Atlantic 10 Championship here.
On Saturday in Durham, N.H., the UMass men's track and field team finished third out of eight teams with 98 points, most of which were generated on the track. Maine won the meet and Central Connecticut was the runner-up. UMass finished ahead of Dartmouth, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and UMass Lowell. Stephen Bigelow played a role in 20 of the team's points with two of UMass' four first place finishes.
Read the full recap of the UNH Pre-Conference Meet here.
Bigelow Moves Up On UMass All-Time List At Holy Cross
On Saturday, April 19 in Worcester, Mass., the UMass men's track and field team finished third overall at the Holy Cross Invitational. The Minutemen recorded 102 points to outscore Stonehill, Bryant and Colgate. Holy Cross finished as the runner-up to Maine. UMass recorded six first place performances in the meet however; the top performance came from Stephen Bigelow in the 110 meter hurdles.
Read the full recap of the Holy Cross Invitational here.
Youth Carries UMass To Third Place Finish In Minuteman Invite
On Saturday, April 13 the Minutemen took third place in their first home meet of the season that also featured the team's senior day ceremonies. UMass finished with 109.5 points falling just short of Rhode Island and Northeastern. The Minutemen walk away with some big time performances as the underclassmen stepped up in front of their home crowd.
Read the full recap of the Minuteman Invitational here.
On Saturday April 6, in Springfield, Mass., the Minutemen finished second place overall in an AIC Invitational consisting of 20 teams. Once again it was the team's performance on the track that carried the Minutemen to their runner-up effort to Vermont. Stephen Bigelow kicked off his final outdoor season with the program's fifth best time in its history. The Winchester, Mass., native completed the 110 meter hurdles in just 14.54-seconds which stood as the best time of the meet...
Read the full recap of the outdoor season opener here.
The men's track and field team has become known as a team on the rise in the Atlantic 10 and in New England. The Minutemen are coming off of a strong indoor season in which they finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 and 10 in the New England Championship.
In the 2014 indoor championship season the Minutemen fought for four All-Conference performers and one All-New England performance.
Fans will have plenty of opportunity to watch the Minutemen compete this season with five meets within an hour and 30 minutes of campus.
The Minutemen will compete at the UMass Track and Field Complex in two meets this season. UMass will host the Minuteman Invitational and the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Senior day is set for the Minuteman Invitational on April 12 at 11:30 AM.
Atlantic 10 Championship weekend is scheduled for May 3 and 4 with start times of 9:00 AM.
2014 Indoor Season Highlights
New England Championship
Zack Hildenbrandt grabbed his first All-New England performance with a silver medal in the 500 meter dash.
Atlantic 10 Championship
Stephen Bigelow claimed the first medal of his collegiate career with a silver medal in the 60 meter hurdles
Antony Taylor ran for a third place finish in the 3,000 meter run.
Ben Groleau was the bronze medalist in the mile run.
Taylor, Groleau, Pat Farnham and Stephen Ness combined for a time good enough to earn the bronze medal in the distance medley relay.
Broken Records And Top Five All-Time Marks In UMass History