Standout Day For Spartans at George Mason Last Chance Meet
FAIRFAX, VA – The York College men's and women's indoor track and field teams took a small group to the George Mason Last Chance Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Fairfax, Virginia.
The small group was mighty for the Spartans as a number of school records and personal bests fell in a highly successful day for the Green and White.
Senior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) secured the top spot in Division III in the 5,000-meter race as he crushed the CAC and school record, with a time of 14:22.15. Hartung is looking very good for an invitation to the national championship invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska. The official invitation to the national championship meet will be announced on Saturday, March 8.
York got a pair of personal records in the mile as junior Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and freshman James Gonzales (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk) each put up individual bets. Stetson finished ninth in the primarily Division I field as he recorded a time of 4:25.49. Gonzales clocked in with a time of 4:27.75 as he finished 12th in the 26-man field.
Junior Okera Beidleman (Germantown, Md./Northwest) notched an indoor PR in the 800 as he finished the race in a time of 2:02.04. Freshman Matt Hayes (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) had a strong showing in the 3K as he placed 13th with a PR of 8:59.12.
On the women's side, freshman Emily Cronise (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro) set a personal best in the 800 with a time of 2:19.61. She broke the school record in the event and it was also a personal best for the freshman.
The last chance meet concludes the indoor campaign for the Spartans as a team. Nationals are scheduled for March 14 & 15 in Nebraska with the announcement of the field coming one week prior to the championships. Please check back with www.ycpspartans.com to find out details for Hartung's potential trip to the national championship.