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Hartung and Gray Set New Records at Bison Open

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Returning to the orange oval of the Bucknell University track, the York College Men's track team had two days of strong and record breaking performances.

Friday evening saw the men's 60 meter school record fall to freshman Darien Gray (Bladensburg, Md. / Gonzaga). Gray blasted his previous record of 8.6 with his time of 8.47 in the 60 hurdle prelims.  To prove the race was not a fluke, Gray ran an 8.48 in the 60 hurdle finals to give him a 4th place finish against DI and DII talent. Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa. / Governor Mifflin) kept the record breaking streak alive on Saturday with a 13 second smashing of his own record in the 3,000.  Hratung was able to place second in a field of 60 runners with his time of 8:29.52.

The meet started with a large York contingent in the 200, headlined by Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md. / Marriotts Ridge) and Darnell Tillman (Enola, Pa. / East Pennsboro).  Banta raced to a team best time of 23.38 with Tillman crossing the line in 23.57.  Banta also had a strong race in the 60 dash with a time of 7.29.  James Gonzales (Baltimore, Md. / Dundalk) had a fantastic 800, where he placed 13th in a field of 59 runners, with a time of 2:00.15.  Junior Okera Beidleman (Germantown, Md. / Northwest) followed up with 2:02.33 in the 800.

The 5,000 featured seven York runners in the first heat.  Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J. / Old Bridge) led the York contingent, that all finished within a minute of each other.  Stetson took first in the heat with a time of 15:52.65.  Stetson had a great day in the mile with a time 4:30.08. Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa. / Northampton) also ran a solid 5k with a time of 16:12.59.

In the field events, Alex Palescandolo (Derwood, Md. / Magruder) continued his rise in the shot put with a toss of 42-1.5.  Terez Beauford (Parkville, Md. / Loch Raven) had a great day in the weight throw with a mark of 46-09.

The Spartans return to action on February 8, at the Crusader Classic hosted by Susquehanna.

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