Ksiezopolski Shines as Spartans Compete at Valentine's Invitational

CARLISLE, PA – The York College men’s track & field team made a return trip to Dickinson College Saturday afternoon for the school’s Valentine’s Day Invitational. The Spartans, who also competed at Dickinson back on January 31, recorded five top-ten finishes and set two school records during the meet.
    Freshman Mark Ksiezopolski (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) posted a banner day for the Green and White, recording two top-five finishes and a school record. Ksiezopolski’s 14’6” height in the pole vault resulted in not only a second-place finish but also a new school-best in the event. He improved on both York’s indoor (13’6”) and the outdoor (14’3”) marks and was only bested by unattached Kevin Clark’s 16’1” height.
    Ksiezopolski also nabbed a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash. The rookie sprinted to a time of 6.75 seconds to secure his top-five result.
    Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) added his name to the Spartan indoor record books as he traversed the 5K in a time of 16:43.51. The Spartan junior, who placed sixth in the race, bested teammate Paul Wallace’s (Denver, Pa./Cocalico) record time of 17:09.89 set just one week ago.
    In the 55-meter hurdles, sophomore Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell) posted the Spartans’ best time of the season at 8.62 seconds. Edwards finished in eighth in just his first crack at the event this year. The sophomore also added a 13th-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.20 seconds.
    Senior Jason Kane (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) nearly grabbed a pair of top-ten finishes as he landed ninth in the triple jump and 12th in the long jump. Kane bounded to a length of 39’10.75” in the triple to secure his top-ten mark while he leapt 18’4.25” in the long jump.
    In the meet’s lone throwing event, senior Gary Rynier (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) placed 15th of 41 student-athletes in the shot put as he launched a heave of 39’6” for the Spartans.
    The Green and White will line up for one more indoor meet this season as they head to Selinsgrove, Pa. on Saturday, February 21. The Susquehanna Open is slated for a 10:00 am start.

MEET RESULTS - courtesy of Dickinson College Sports Information

Photo of freshman pole-vaulter Mark Ksiezopolski