FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College
men’s track & field team captured a third-place finish at
the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Championships, securing 100.50
points on the day. Salisbury took the overall first with 225 points
while Mary Washington grabbed second with 188.50 points.
The Spartans best result of the day came in the 4x100 relay. Gabe Henise (York, Pa./Dallastown), Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion), Thomas Kentouris (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Saint Edmund's Prep), and Darren McKoy (Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) teamed up in the 4x100 relay to shatter the Spartans’ school record, crossing the line at 41.95. That time, nearly a full second better than the previous program-best, allowed the Green and White to take second while just barely missing the cut time for nationals.
York’s best individual track finishes came from Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell) and Patrick Lestrange (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional). Edwards came in second in the 400 hurdles with school record 55.47 to secure second-place points for the Green and White. Edwards also finished fifth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.81.
Lestrange’s effort in the 3,000 meter steeplechase resulted in his own second-place finish. Lestrange posted a 10:12.34 in the event to capture All-CAC accolades.
Senior Steve Kinnear (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) received All-CAC honors after finishing second in the pole vault. Kinnear recorded a height of 12’ 11.5” while freshman Mark Ksiezopolski’s (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) 12’ 5.5” was the day’s fourth-best height.
McKoy put in a strong performance in the 100-meter dash notching a third-place finish in just his rookie campaign. McKoy’s 11.01 gave the Spartans’ third-place points. McKoy also finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 22.56.
York’s top time in the 200 belonged to Henise. The senior came in third with a time of 22.38 while Liggitt tied for sixth at 22.62.
In the 800, Danny Bosse (Sykesville, Md./Century) notched another third-place finish with a time of 1:58.03 while Andrew Friesma (Adamstown, Pa./Cocalico) came in sixth, crossing the line at 2:01.53.
Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) joined the third-place finish crew with one of his own in the 5,000 meters. Hinkle recorded a 16:07.81 as his also garnered third-place points for the Green and White.
In the high jump, Brandon McLaughlin’s (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) 6’ 3.5” height was good enough for third while Jason Kane (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) took fifth in the triple jump (41’ 8.75”).
Gary Rynier (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Zack Raywood (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) proved York’s top performers in the throwing events. Rynier’s 143’ 11” toss in the hammer recorded the senior a third-place finish while he notched fifth in the shot put (39’ 11.5”). Raywood recorded third- and sixth-place marks in the javelin and discus respectively. The sophomore launched the javelin 171’ 1” and the discus 116’ 8” to record his top finishes.
The Spartans continue their season beginning with next week’s Penn Relays. The Green and White will send a contingent of student-athletes to Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious event which begins April 23. York will also travel to Shippensburg University on Saturday, April 25, to compete in the Paul Kaiser Invitational which begins at 9:00 am.
Ben Edwards' photo courtesy of Charlie Covell