Spartans' McKoy Named CAC Rookie-of-the-Year

Spartans' McKoy Named CAC Rookie-of-the-Year

YORK, PA – York College freshman track and field athlete Darren McKoy (Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) was named the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Rookie-of-the-Year as announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

McKoy had an outstanding CAC Championship on April 18 to help earn the conference accolade. He placed third in the 100-meter dash, notching a time of 11.01. He also finished fifth in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 22.56.

McKoy was also the anchor of the second-place 4x100 meter relay team as they clocked in with a combined time of 41.95.

Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca is pleased with his rookie runner getting the conference accolades.

“Darren has been a key component in much of the team success we have experienced this year,” says Camodeca. “As much as track and field is an individual sport, Darren’s individual success has made the team better, especially in his role as the anchor of the 4x100 relay team.”

McKoy had a number of strong finishes this year. He won the 100-meter dash at the Paul Kaiser Classic hosted by Shippensburg. He placed second in the 100 at the Goucher Classic and the Battleground Relays hosted by Mary Washington.

He was named the CAC Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 31.

“I think Darren surprised himself as to how well he has competed this year, especially after getting off to a slow start during the indoor season,” states Camodeca. “As the season has progressed and we moved outdoors, he started to gain confidence in his ability and training. I also credit our upperclassmen sprinters who push him and kept Darren very focused.”

As the anchor of the 4x100 relay team, McKoy has led the Spartans to victories at the Paul Kaiser Classic, the Battleground Relays, and the Goucher Classic. The foursome has broken the school record three different times.

McKoy was also a member of the 4x200 relay team that set the York College indoor record and the outdoor school record while they finished second at the Battleground relays.

“Given his natural ability and early success as a freshman, Darren is still wanting to learn how to improve and how to get better,” says Camodeca. “He has the opportunity to have a special college career.”

McKoy and his Spartan teammates close out their 2009 regular season schedule on Saturday, May 2 when they host the York College Charity Open. The action kicks off at 9:00 am at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center track.