Tillman and Dell Win Individual Gold as Spartan Finish Fourth at CAC Championships

Tillman and Dell Win Individual Gold as Spartan Finish Fourth at CAC Championships

FROSTBURG, MD – The York College men's track and field team had a strong showing at the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Frostburg State University on Friday and Saturday. The Spartans finished fourth of seven teams as they totaled 66 points for the championships. Christopher Newport won the team title with 200 points while Salisbury placed second with 143 points. Wesley placed third with 91 points.

The Spartans received an outstanding performance from senior Darnell Tillman as the sprinter won the 200-meter dash and finished second in the 100. Tillman won the 200 with a time of 21.06 as he edged Wesley's Anthony Simpson by .11 seconds. Tillman recorded a time of 10.66 in the 100 finals as Simpson won the event with a time of 10.44.

Sophomore Grant Dell was the other Spartan who won an individual championship as he captured the title in the 5K race. Dell, the 5K indoor champion, made it a clean indoor/outdoor sweep in the event with a time of 15:30.95.

Sophomore Kevin Landis was York's other All-CAC performer as he placed second in the pole vault. Landis cleared a best height of 4.30 meters to earn the all-conference honor.

The Spartans had a number of other notable finishes including:

• Spartans Andrew Erickson and Ryan Aug performed well in the 10K. Erickson notched a time of 32:59, a personal best, as he placed fourth in the race. Aug notched a time of 33:09 which placed him fifth. Aug's time was also a personal best for the sophomore. Andy MacGibbon placed seventh in the race with a time of 33.24.

• Freshman Benjamin Linne ran a strong race in the 5K as he placed sixth with a best time of 15:52.

• York had a pair of solid showings in the 3000 steeplechase. Sophomore Alex Smith placed fourth with a time of 9:57.66. Junior Andrew Tyris had a personal best time of 10:12.50 in the event.

• Senior Alex Aponte placed third in the hammer throw as he posted a career-best throw of 45.03 meters. Aponte also placed sixth in the javelin with a best throw of 44.97 meters.  

• Senior Alex Palescandolo placed fourth in the discus as he notched a best throw of 44.91 meters. He also placed eighth in the shot put with a 12.70 meters.

• The Spartans were well represented in the pole vault Landis led a contingent of five York pole vaulters in the top ten. Andrew Jeffers placed fourth with a best height of 4.10 meters. Brian Koonce and Darris Rodrigues tied for sixth with a best height of 3.95 meters. Brandon Tocket placed ninth with a height of 3.80 meters.

What's Next

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, April 30 when they travel to the Paul Kaiser Invitational hosted by Shippensburg University. The meet is slated for a 9:00 am start.

Darnell Tillman photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers - Five Star Media

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