JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – The York College track and field team headed down to Florida over the holiday weekend to compete in the Best Western North Florida Invitational.
"Everyone made the trip very worth while," said head coach Erick Camodeca. "They took advantage of the awesome weather and did a great job."
The Spartans looked strong throughout many different events. Sean Welsh (Baltimore, Md./Parkville) was able to break the 11 flat barrier in the 100-meter dash. Welsh finished tied for 19th place with a time of 11.27.
"This is the first time since I have been at York, that some has broken the 11 flat barrier," said Camodeca. "I am really excited about Sean's accomplishment."
Also racing strong in the 100-meter dash was Phillip Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville) and Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge). Cavaluchi finished tied for 40th in 11.27 and Banta clocked 11.43 for 51st.
The Spartans looked good in the 200-meter dash too. Welsh was the top finisher for York with a time of 22.67 and a 27th place finish. Banta followed behind in 40th with a time of 23.04. Coach Camodeca was happy with how they faired in the 200, especially since they were facing some tough competition, like Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor.
Cavaluchi also had a solid day in the field. Cavaluchi finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 6.57 meters.
The throwers also competed well. Eddie Kraft (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) started out his day qualifying for the finals of the hammer throw. Despite not finishing as well as he would have liked, Kraft came in 10th with a heave of 36.83 meters. Kraft also recorded a 13th place finish in the shot put (12.72 meters) and 19th in the discus (34.88 meters).
Sophomore Alex Palescandolo (Derwood, Md./Magruder) finished the day with two 14th place finishes in the hammer throw and the discus. Palescandolo recorded throws of 27.85 meters in the hammer and 37.65 meters in the discus. He also finished the shot put with a heave of 12.45 meters and a 15th place finish.
Continuing to look strong in the distance races was Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin). Hartung finished the 1,500 in sixth place with a time of 4:00.73, falling just shy of the school record. Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) also put together a good race in the 1500 with a time of 4:12.61 and a 22nd place finish.
Hartung and Stetson also ran well in the 800 meters. They finished with times of 2:04.27 and 2:09.78, respectively.
Representing the women's team was senior Nicole Danielewicz (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy). Danielewicz impressed not only herself, but also Camodeca with her performance in the 1,500-meter run. Camodeca was happy with her extremely strong performance in an event that is out of her comfort zone. Danielewicz finished the 1,500 in 24th with a time of 5:13.32.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday at home for the annual Green and White Invitational. The meet is set to begin at 9:00 am.