Men's Track And Field At URI And BU This Weekend

Thu Feb 8, 2018
About the Meet
- The Minutemen will send competitors to the URI Coaches Tribute Inivitational on Fri., Feb. 9, while eight more runners will be in action at BU on Saturday in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
- The 15 Minutemen competing in the URI Coaches Tribute will get to preview Mackal Fieldhouse, the site of next week's Atlantic 10 Championships. Action gets under way on Friday with field events beginning at 3 p.m.
- Saturday's events at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational kick off at 10 a.m. Meet information can be found here.

Last Time Out
- UMass wrapped up competition at the New England Championships last Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Field Center. The Minutemen scored in two events to finish the meet with 10 points, 16th in the team standings out of 24 squads.
- After qualifying out of Friday's preliminaries, junior Brian Gendron earned bronze in the 800m final with a time of 1 minute, 52.70 seconds.
- UMass' 4x800 meter relay squad of junior Zabih Kotecha, sophomore Nicholas Santos, senior Adam Selsman and senior Russell Wells combined for a time of 7 minutes, 50.70 seconds to claim fifth.
- Junior Nathan Adeyemi landed just outside the scoring in triple jump, taking ninth with a leap of 47 feet, 5.75 inches for a career best.
 
Collins Honored By A-10
- Junior Jonathan Collins was named the Atlantic 10 Men's Field Performer of the Week on Jan. 16 following his performance at the Harvard Multi Meet the weekend before.
- Collins captured the runner-up spot in heptathlon at the Harvard Multi Meet with a new personal record of 4,823 points, which improved him to third all-time in UMass history.
- The Southwick, Massachusetts native was aided by a win in pole vault on day two, clearing a height of 13 feet, 11.25 inches for 688 points. His best performance of the day two came in shot put, winning the event with a 44-foot, 8-inch throw, good for 704 points.
 
Look Who's Back
- The Minutemen return six individuals for this indoor season who scored points at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships.
- Jonathan Collins, UMass' lone returning medalist from a year ago, took bronze in heptathlon at A-10's last season. His PR in the event, 4,736 points, ranks fourth all-time in program history.
- Hunter Gray, who finished just off the podium in heptathlon, taking fourth at the A-10 meet, was selected to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team during the indoor season. Last summer he competed at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships and set a personal record in decathlon, finishing sixth with a score of 6,626 points in a field of 11 competitors. 
- Junior Cole Acoveno was fourth in high jump at the 2017 A-10 indoor meet. He currently ranks fourth all-time in program history in the event (6'8"). Junior Benjamin Murphy also scored in high jump at A-10's last year, taking fifth.
- Sophomore Mason Lord placed fifth in pole vault at indoor A-10's as a freshman last season. He claimed third in the event at the 2017 indoor New England Championships and his PR of 15'5" ranks fifth all-time in program history.
- On the track, junior Brian Gendron was fifth in 1,000m at the 2017 Indoor A-10 Championships and earned silver in the event at the New England Championships. He holds the UMass indoor 800m record (1:50.90) and is third all-time in the 1000m (2:26.38).
 
New Faces
- The Minutemen have welcomed 14 freshmen into the fold for 2018: Sprinter Matt Antes (Acton), multi-eventer Chris Caron (West Springfield), distance runner Adam Cook (Melrose), jumper/sprinter Sam Darkwa, Jr. (West Springfield), distance runner Conor Donovan (Lowell), sprinter David Edevbie (London, England), jumper Juvan Elisma (Sharon), jumper/hurdler Connor Grant (Haverhill), distance runner Brandon Harrington (Westport, Conn.), multi-eventer Michael Long (Sudbury), thrower Coston O'Brien (Westfield, N.J.), thrower Hector Petri (Upton), middle-distance runner Christopher Polanco (Fitchburg) and jumper Andrew Pondiscio (Sparta, N.J.).
 
Changing Of The Guard
- In July, Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford announced David Jackson as director of men's track and field and cross country, with Ken O'Brien moving into a Coach Emeritus role with the men's cross country program after 50 years of service as head coach of men's track and field and cross country. Jackson enters his ninth year working with the program in 2017-18.