FROSTBURG, Md. – The York College men's track & field team sit in the second-place as of the close of competition on the first day of the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Spartans currently hold the runner-up spot with 31 points while first-place Salisbury has posted 48.
In fitting fashion, York's outstanding distance leaders, Steven Childres and Tim Hartung, crossed the line almost at the exact same time in the 10,000 meters. As the pair had done at the 2011 CAC Men's Cross Country Championships, they stayed together through the finish line to go 1-2. Flipping the order from those cross country results earlier this academic year, Childres crossed first and picks up the triumph, the first CAC title of his three-year Spartan career, and puts his name at in the CAC record books. His time of 33:12.01 is the new CAC Championship Meet record as he busted Hartung's 33:18.49 set at last year's championships. After winning the race in 2011, Hartung garners his second 10,000 meters All-CAC accolade as he too broke the previous meet record but proved just one hundredth-of-a-second shy of Childres' time, posting a 33:12.02. Combined, Childres and Hartung notched 18 of York's 31 points on the first day of competition.
In the pole vault, Dan Bogush put together a strong performance as he finished second in the event. Bogush, a Spartan rookie this season, vaulted to the runner-up spot via a 4.10-meter (13' 5.25") height, capturing eight points for the York ledger. Also in the pole vault, Nicholas Paulovich landed in fifth courtesy of a 3.65-meter (11' 11.75") mark.
Zach Rogers nabbed fifth overall in the triple jump as he tallied a 12.85-meter (42' 2.00")
Phillip Cavaluchi registered a quality effort in a pair of preliminary sprint races during day one. Courtesy of a fifth-place 11.18, Cavaluchi qualified for Sunday's 100-meter finals. The junior, who is having a tremendous all-around year, also qualified for the finals in the 200. Registering a 22.44 in the event, he snagged the seventh spot in the finals. Joquan Jamison was the eighth finisher as he totaled 22.63 over the 200-meter distance.
Kameron Wansel finished seventh for the Green and White in the hammer throw with a distance of 39.42 meters (129' 4").
The Spartans and the other participating schools return on Sunday for day two. Start time in Frostburg, Md. is slated for 12:00 pm.
PHOTO: Steven Childres run a race during York's Quad Meet earlier this season. Courtesy of "Cars, Sports, and Toys."