CARLISLE, Pa. – The York College men's track & field team began their 2012-13 season on Saturday afternoon at the Ducharme Indoor Meet hosted by Dickinson College.
The competition was focused more on individual performances because it was a non-scoring team meet.
Head coach Erick Camodeca was impressed with what he saw from his runners in today's meet.
"We were not necessarily looking for times today," said Camodeca. "Instead we were looking to see where we are at heading into break."
Getting things started for the Spartans was sophomore transfer Sean Welsh. Welsh lead a group of young and talented sprinters in the 55-meter dash. He qualified for the finals and finished in fourth place with a time of 6.64, just .02 off of the school record. Camodeca was also pleased with freshmen Ryan Banta and Sebastian Hall.
Sophomore transfer Demetrice Cox started his Spartan career off with a bang. Cox broke the school record in the 300-meter dash. Camodeca said that he started well and took command of the race within the first 30 meters. Cox finished the race in second place with a time of 38.20. He also looked sharp in the 400-meter dash where he earned another second place finish running a 55.07.
After battling through the tight turns of Dickinson's track and a wild finish, the Spartans were able to claim second place in the 4x200-meter relay. The relay made up of Hall, Welsh, Phillip Cavaluchi and Banta were headed for a first place victory, but late in the race Banta was tripped up. Although he did a fantastic job keeping his balance, the Spartans would fall just short and record a second place finish with a time of 1:36.37.
The Spartans secured another second place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. John Follety, Darnell Tillman, Okera Beidlemnan and Joshua Malerich all ran strong races. Follety was able to start out strong and put the Green and White in first going into the first exchange. Tilman was able to increase the lead. Beidleman was strong in the first 200, but he began to feel the 1000-meter race he had done earlier at the end of his leg. Anchoring the relay, Malerich ran one of the best legs of the race, but his effort was matched and bested by the Mary Washington's final leg. York finished the race in 3:38.95.
In pole vault, Dan Bogush started off the year just where he left off last season. Bogush cleared 3.96 meters and earned himself a third place finish. Camodeca said that he could not have asked Bogush for a better start and thinks that today was a great indicator of where he will be this year.
Shot Put also had a tremendous start to the season. Alexander Palescandolo hit an indoor personal best with a throw of 12.70 meters. He finished in fifth place overall. Eddie Kraft also started his year off with a bang after recording a career best on his first throw of the season. Kraft finished in seventh place with a throw of 12.51 meters. Freshman Alonzo Abraham also showed signs of good things to come according to the coaching staff.
"In such a brief period of time with the new throws coach Brandon Fugett, this group is off to a great start," said Camodeca.
York returns to action on Saturday, January 19 at the Maryland Terrapin Invitational. The meet is set to start at 10 am.