March 24, 2012

Spartans Show Well at West Chester

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The York College men's track & field team competed at the Golden Ram Collegiate Invitational Saturday at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. The Spartans put together a strong meet as they recorded a number of quality results.

"Really, really solid performance by the entire team," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "With the weather they went out there, competed, and did a great job. It was really exciting to see this young team starting to come around."

Distance standout Tim Hartung ran what Coach Camodeca described as a "phenomenal race" in the 10,000 meters. The sophomore posted a victorious time of 31:51.59 as he is less than 30 seconds off the school record time at this early point in the outdoor campaign. Camodeca also noted that Hartung's time puts him "in the conversation for nationals."

Fellow sophomore Marcus Bailey secured a quality second-place result in the discus. Bailey launched the discus 41.22 meters as only Quintin Forbes of Division I Delaware State recorded a better toss out of the 32 participants who recorded a distance.

Freshman Joquan Jamison had a solid performance, placing well in a pair of races. In his best finish of the day, the talented freshman grabbed third in the 200-meter dash with a 23.20 while he also snagged ninth in the 400 with a 50.81.

In the 800 meters, rookie Wil Feliciano grabbed third with a 1:58.76 while Wil Murray took fifth in the 5K with a 16:39.36.

Rookie thrower Alex Palescandolo, who had a great day in the shot put according to Camodeca, picked up a strong fourth-place finish in the shot. The freshman recorded a distance of 12.74 meters to secure fourth.

Aside from Hartung's outstanding work in the 10,000, the Spartans enjoyed two more top-five marks as Steven Childres (33:15.17) and Craig Eppler (33:46.98) captured fourth and fifth, respectively. John Follety also notched a fifth-place finish, this one in the 200 with a 23.71 while Aaron Robertson took tenth in the 1500 with a 4:18.04.

York landed three more top-five in a trio of field events.  Zach Rogers notched second in the high jump at 1.75 meters while Zach Schober's 3.85-meter result in the pole vault allotted him a fourth-place finish. Kameron Wansel posted a fifth-place 36.46 distance in the hammer throw.

Steven Goldberg and Eddie Kraft joined Wansel in the hammer's list of top-ten performances as Goldberg registered sixth with a 34.49-meter toss and Kraft tenth with a distance of 31.35 meters.

Alex Aponte took sixth in the discus with a 35.09-meter result while Wansel's 11.05-meter toss in the shot put proved good for tenth.

Going to a meet like this and being able to put some of these performances together for a Division II meet," Camodeca concluded, "I'm happy, I'm very happy."

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, March 31, when they travel to the Maryland Invitational at the University of Maryland – College Park. Meet time is slated for 10:00 am.

PHOTO: Joquan Jamison competes in an event during York's Green & White Intersquad / Alumni Challenge on March 17, 2012. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.

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