Five Spartans Compete at UD Open

Five Spartans Compete at UD Open

NEWARK, DE – Several student-athletes from the York College men’s track & field squad competed at the University of Delaware Open Saturday in Newark, DE.

The Spartans took several of their top athletes to Delaware in an attempt to make a push for Nationals. Unfortunately for the green and white, a bid to Nationals was not in the cards but the Spartans did grab five top-ten finishes including four in the top-five.

Senior Nate Krotzer (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) captured first-place in the high jump with a leap of 1.90 meters (6’ 2.75”). One of the best athletes to ever don the green and white, Krotzer’s quality performances has left an indelible mark on the Spartan program.

Joe Hill (York, Pa./York Suburban) and Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion) each secured third-place spots in the 110-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash respectively. Hill concludes his Spartan career with a solid 16.14 time in the 110 hurdles. Liggitt, a junior sprinter, capped his 2008 campaign by crossing the line at 22.67 seconds.

Capital Athletic Conference pole vault champion Steve Kinnear (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), took fifth place by clearing a height of 4.11 meters (13’ 6”). Only a junior, Kinnear returns to the green and white next season looking to defend his CAC title.

In the 100-meter dash, junior Gabe Henise (York, Pa./Dallastown) sprinted to a time of 11.52 seconds to grab eighth place.

With a slew of quality student-athletes returning next year and a full off-season of recruiting for head coach Erick Camodeca, the Spartans will enter the 2009 campaign primed to become one of the top squads in the region.

COMPLETE MEET RESULTS - courtesy of University of Delaware Sports Information

Joe Hill photo courtesy of Scott Guise