SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Following their showing at the Crusader Indoor last weekend, the York College men's track & field squad returned to Susquehanna University this Sunday for the Susquehanna Invitational. This meet served as the Spartans' final tune-up before heading into next Sunday's inaugural Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
"It was a very productive day for us as the last meet before going into the championships," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "We were fine tuning a couple of kids today. We are going to look to be successful going into next week."
Wil Feliciano, who has been hot as of late, captured the victory in the 800 meters. Triumphant in his signature event, he lowered his own school-best record as he ran to a 2:00.94, breaking the old mark of 2:01.77 set just two weeks ago on January 28.
Phillip Cavaluchi is another one of those student-athletes looking strong as the CAC Championships quickly approach. The reigning CAC Field Athlete of the Week put together an excellent performance on the track as he registered a new school record in the 60-meter dash and finished third in the 200. After qualifying for the 60-meter finals with a 7.31 effort, Cavaluchi's 7.21 time in those finals broke his own school-best of 7.26, set just last week, as he took second in the event. In the 200, the Spartan ran to a 23.98 as he placed third overall.
Fellow junior Steven Childres, who has been part of two program-record breaking performances in the distance medley relay this season, established a new school-record in the individual mile. Childres notched a swift 4:32.06 to bust the program mark and take second overall. In the event, each of the four Spartan runners finished in the top-ten with three finishing in the top-four. Andrew Friesema, the reigning CAC Track Athlete of the Week, and Tim Hartung grabbed third and fourth, respectively (4:34.37 and 4:34.87), while Aaron Robertson notched tenth overall with a 4:41.36. Friesema also notched third in the 800 with a 2:03.32.
Freshman Joquan Jamison, who has been stellar throughout York's indoor season, proved outstanding yet again as he took a pair of second-place finishes. Jamison's 23.57 in the 200 meters provided him with a runner-up spot while he nabbed second in the 400 with a 52.13 personal-record effort.
A pair of Spartan pole-vaulters finished well at Susquehanna as Dan Bogush and Zach Schober each registered top-five marks. Bogush corralled the number two spot with a 3.65-meter (11' 11.75") height while Schober tied for third. Bogush added another quality finish as he notched third overall in the 60 hurdles with a 9.44 time.
In the 5,000 meters, sophomores Craig Eppler and Matt Smith provided two more strong efforts. Eppler's 16:12.74 allotted him the bronze while Smith finished just three seconds behind and took fifth overall. The efforts edge the Spartan pair closer to the top of the CAC in the event.
Senior Le Von White recorded a 54.20 in the 800 to tie for eighth in the event.
The throw saw Eddie Kraft, Kameron Wansel, and Alex Palescandolo each put together fine performances as all three established personal records in their events. Kraft and Wansel showed well in the weight throw, notching tosses of 12.10 meters (39' 8.5") and 11.91 meters (39' 1"), respectively, to place seventh and tenth overall. Palescandolo registered an 11th place mark in the shot put with a distance of 11.93 meters (39' 1.75").
The Spartans return to action on Sunday, February 19, as they compete at the first CAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Hosted by George Mason University, a venue where the Green and White competed on January 28, the CAC Championships are slated for a 10:00 am start.
PHOTO: Kameron Wansel competes in the weight throw during the Crusader Indoor last weekend at Susquehanna University. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.