February 17, 2013

Hartung Wins Twice; Welsh and Cavaluchi Also Capture Titles at CAC Champs

FAIRFAX, Va. – The York College men's indoor track and field team finished third out of five teams at the Capital Athletic Conference indoor championships on Sunday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The Spartans had three athletes notch individual titles throughout the meet.

Salisbury finished with the team title after registering 190 total points. Mary Washington earned second place with 91 points. York walked away with 65 points. Frostburg State and Wesley finished in fourth and fifth place with 63 and 46 points, respectively.

Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca was disappointed with the overall finish of the team, but felt that there were still many excellent individual performances throughout the day.

Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) continued to dominate the conference during the distance races. Hartung finished with two individual titles. His first title came after running 4:26.94 in the mile run. He followed up with another tremendous performances in the 5K, finishing in 15:27.03 and beating the competition by more then five seconds.

Also earning an individual title was sophomore Sean Welsh (Baltimore, Md./Parkville). Welsh had blazing speed in the 60-meter dash, breaking a school record and setting a new CAC record with his time of 6.98. Phillip Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville) also looked incredibly strong and finished in fourth place against some tough competition with a time of 7.08.

Cavaluchi was the last Spartan to earn an individual title. He won the long jump with a distance of 6.78 meters, earning himself a new CAC record. Cavaluchi also ran in the 200-meter dash and finished in 23.33 and eighth place.

Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Saint Joseph) and Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa./Northampton) also ran extremely well in the distance races. Stetson finished the mile run in 4:31.28, earning a second place finish and a personal best. Childres and Eppler finished in fifth and sixth place in the 5,000-meter with times of 15:55.28 and 15:59.37.

In the 400-meter dash, Demetrice Cox (York, Pa./Dallastown) finished in 52.24 for seventh place. Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) looked strong in his first ever championships with a seventh place finish and time of 23.28 in the 200-meter dash.

Otis Ray (Elkton, Md./Elkton Christian) had a solid meet in the field for the Spartans. Ray finished in sixth place in the triple jump with a distance of 11.96 meters, a personal best. He also earned an 11th place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.87 meters.

For throws, Eddie Kraft (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) was the top Spartan finisher. Kraft came in seventh place in the weight throw with a heave of 13.03 meters and also earned himself an eighth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 12.60 meters.

The Spartans return to action next Sunday when they travel back to George Mason for the George Mason Last Chance Meet.

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