Busch and Wilson Highlight Day One Competition For Track Teams
March 6, 2010
Roxbury, Mass. - The men's and women's indoor track and field teams were in competition on Saturday. The women were in Roxbury, Mass. for the ECAC Championships, while their counterparts, the men were in Boston, Mass. for the IC4A Championships. The women sit 23rd out of 28 teams after day one in a highly competitive field, while the men have yet to total any points. Both teams will conclude their respective meets on Sunday.
On the men's side it was Sean Busch leading the way in the pole vault. Busch out performed himself once again as he set a mark of 15-09.00, which now ties him for the UMass record in the indoor pole vault event. He sits tied with Ken Schneider who reached the same mark back in 2002. The junior still has another year to try and better his mark that concluded his season on Saturday.
Also performing well for the Minutemen was the distance medley relay team comprised of Scott VanderMolen, Daniel Schwartz, Ryan DiOrio, and Josh Boone. The quad combined for a third place finish in the preliminaries with a time of 9:55.80. Senior hurdler Tyler Cotto also finished strong in the preliminaries of the 55 meter hurdles. Cotto crossed the line at 7.53, good enough for third place and a spot in the finals on Sunday.
In the 3,000 meter run, UMass sent two competitors in the forms of Jonathan Pierce and Daniel Barry. The two finished in a respectable 16th and 20th respectively with times of 8:22.22 and 8:26.53. Zachary Koncki also competed for the Minutemen in the long jump. The sophomore who climbed into the school's top five at last weekend's New England Championships, was able to place 19th at the IC4A meet with a distance of 21-10.25.
Rounding out day one's action for the men were the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams. The shorter of the two saw the quad of Samuel Laorenza, Nick Otis, Philip Weltman, and Michael McDonough take 26th place with a time of 3:19.68. The 4x800 team placed 23rd with a time of 8:08.93. The latter of the two teams was comprised of Zachary Gordon, Tim Keefe, Brian Tino, and Mark Hewitt.
For the women it was the shot put event that had two Minutewomen competing. Senior Lisa Wilson and freshman Nalis Mbianda captured seventh and 21st respectively. Wilson set a mark of 45-05.75 in the event, while Mbianda threw the shot put a distance of 41-04.50. Wilson's mark betters her previous one set on Feb. 26 of 45-03.50. She continues to hold sole possession of the school's indoor shot put record for the Minutewomen.
In the 4x800 meter relay event for the women, the team of Courtney Baldwin, Karen Roa, Gina Perno, and Lauren Stocker combined for a 12th place finish, and the second best time in the event in school history. The quad's time of 9:15.10 not only notched a spot in the UMass record books, but also was the best achieved by a 4x800 meter relay team so far this year for UMass.
Both the men and women will be back in action to complete their respective IC4A and ECAC Championships meets on Sunday. The men who are competing in the state's capital are set to begin at 10 am, while the women are as well in Roxbury, Mass.
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