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Spartans Strong at Moravian; Hartung Breaks 5k Record Again

BETHLEHEM, PA – The York College men's track & field squad participated in the 2014 Greyhound Invitational hosted by Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday.

The Spartans received a number of strong performances at the meet headlined by Darnell Tillman (Enola, Pa./East Pennsboro) as the sophomore finished third in the 200 meter dash and fifth in the 100 meter dash. He clocked in with a time of 22.49 in the 200 and 11.16 in the 100. Fellow Spartan Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) finished one spot ahead of Tillman in the 100 as he recorded a time of 11.12.

Junior Okera Biedleman (Germantown, Md./Northwest) ran strong in the 800 as he notched a seventh place finish with a time of 1:56.98.  Freshman Anthony Smart (Thornton, Pa./Garnet Valley) recorded a tenth place finish in the 1,500-meter run as he crossed the line in a time of 4:07.58. Fellow freshman Matt Hayes (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) put together an impressive performance in the 5,000 meters as he clocked in with a time of 15:32.69, good for a ninth place finish.

Freshman Darien Gray (Bladensburg, Md./Gonzaga) had another strong day as he finished fifth in the 110 hurdles, clocking in with a time of 15.70. He also placed seventh in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.11. Teammate Ricky Jones (Tamaqua, Pa./Blue Mountain) placed sixth, just in front of Gray, crossing the line in a time of 56.97.

Freshman Andrew Sarver (Olney, Md./Sherwood) was very good in the triple jump as he placed fifth with a best leap of 12.65 meters.

The Spartans' 4x100 team placed third with a time of 43.29 while the 4x400 relay team finished sixth with a time of 3:30.14.

On Friday, senior All-American Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and junior standout Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) traveled to Princeton University to compete in the 5,000 meter race at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Hartung broke the school record in the event, clocking in with a time of 14:21. Stetson notched a PR with an impressive time of 14:48.

The Spartans will take select athletes to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia later in the week. The team will next head to the Paul Kaiser Classic in Shippensburg, PA.  

Photo courtesy of David Sinclair

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