Spartans Pick Up Ten Firsts at Ed Narkiewicz Invitational

DALLAS, PA – The York College men’s track & field squad put in a solid performance last week at the Ed Narkiewicz Invitational hosted by Misericordia University. The Spartans posted ten first-place finishes in their final meet before this Saturday’s Capital Athletic Conference Championships.
    York’s sprinting unit captured four victories, including two from hurdler Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell). The sophomore secured triumphs in the 110 (16.01) and 400 hurdles (1:00.69).
    Seniors Gabe Henise (York, Pa./Dallastown) and Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion) traded first- and second-place spots in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Henise’s 11.21 put him in the winner’s slot while Liggitt followed in second. The 200 proved a reverse result as Liggitt crossed the line first (22.71) just before Henise (22.74).
    Senior runner Jesse Jaeger picked up York’s final on-the-track win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Bill Horner (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and Tyler Hickox (Milton, Pa./Milton Area) each grabbed second in the 400 meters and 400 hurdles, respectively.
    The field events also proved fruitful for the Spartan squad.
    Steve Kinnear (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) won the pole vault with a height of 4.27 meters while Kevin Southward (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) notched a second-place finish (3.66 meters).
    The high jump belonged to Brandon McLaughlin (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) who leapt 1.90 meters for the victory. Jason Kane (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) recorded second in the long jump with a bound of 5.84 meters.
    Senior thrower Gary Rynier (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) captured two wins of his own while sophomore teammate Zack Raywood (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) grabbed a first and two seconds. Rynier launched the hammer 39.33 meters to take the victory while also securing the shot put win. Raywood, one of the conference’s top javelin throwers, won the javelin event with a toss of 47.81 meters. The sophomore’s two second-place finishes came in the discus (33.69 meters) and the hammer.
    Ryan Diggelmann (Salt Point, N.Y./Arlington) picked up second in the shot put while Steven Goldberg (Sparta, N.J./Harrison) notched a third-place finish for the Green and White in the hammer. Senior Blair Walborn (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg Area) captured third in the javelin for the York squad.
    The Spartans will next travel to Fredericksburg, Va. for the 2009 CAC Championships on Saturday, April 18. The meet is set to begin at 10:00 am.


Ben Edwards photo courtesy of Charlie Covell