April 14, 2012

Spartans Edge Closer to CAC Championships with Solid JHU/Loyola Invitational

BALTIMORE, Md. – The York College men's track & field squad competed at the Johns Hopkins / Loyola Invitational on Saturday in Baltimore, Md. Utilizing the meet as more of a training session, the Spartans finished ninth out of 11 squads capturing 32.5 points.

The York throwers put together a solid performance, especially the effort from Kameron Wansel in the hammer throw. The junior posted a strong third-place finish by launching the hammer 43.63 meters (143' 1").

"Kameron started off the day with a personal record in his first throw in the hammer," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "He is really starting to put himself in a position to become an all-conference athlete in the event."

Marcus Bailey, who Camodeca remarked "continued to show well in the discus," nabbed a fifth-place finish at the JHU/Loyola Invitational. Coming on strong in the discus over the past few meets, Bailey registered a 40.86-meter (134' 1") toss to secure fifth overall.

In the shot put, both Austin Dubos and Eddie Kraft performed well. Dubos posted a distance of 12.23 meters (40' 1.5") while Kraft registered an 11.94-meter (39' 2.25") result. Kraft also threw the hammer for the Green and White.

"Austin and Eddie put forth solid efforts in the shot put today," Camodeca said. "The two of them are really starting to find their form in the event."

On the track, a number of Spartans had quality performances for the Green and White. Phillip Cavaluchi grabbed tenth-place overall in the 200 meters with a 22.70, a time that sits well with Camodeca.

"Phil ran his fastest time in the 200 after a tough week of training," the Spartan mentor said. "We are excited to see where he will be at the end of the year in the 200."

In the 5,000 meters, distance standouts Tim Hartung and Steven Childres ran the first two miles as a training run while Matt Smith put together a fine 16:14.21 effort in the event.

"Tim and Steve went through the first two miles at goal time during the 5k. Tim at 9:19 and Steve at 9:45," Camodeca remarked. "Matt Smith ran a solid 5k today as he is on pace to break into the 16 barrier."

Hartung and Childres then came back in the 1500 and showed well with times of 4:10.53 and 4:17.91, respectively. Freshman Michael Stetson finished the 1500 with a 4:21.04.

"After hammering the first two miles [in the 5k], Tim and Steve came back to put solid times down in the 15," Camodeca noted. "Michael Stetson is starting to return to race form after battling injury this season."

The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw rookie Wil Murray put together what Camodeca called "an impressive performance" in his first time competing in the event. Murray laid down a 10:19.98 in the event to finish fourth overall.

"Wil will be one to watch come CACs," Camodeca said.

York's 1600 sprint medley relay crew of John Follety, Cavaluchi, Joquan Jamison, and Wil Feliciano recorded a 3:41.01. Le Von White joined with Follety, Jamison, and Felciano in the 4x400 as the combination posted a 3:29.58.

Nicholas Paulovich took eighth in the pole vault with a height of 3.66 meters (12' 0").

The Spartans return to competition on Saturday, April 21, as they are slated to travel to Moravian College. The Greyhound Invitational is scheduled for a 9:00 am start.

PHOTO: Eddie Kraft throws the hammer during York's Quad Meet earlier this season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.

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