Sprinters Record Three Victories at Paul Kaiser Classic

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The York College men’s track & field squad put in a solid performance Saturday as they competed at the Paul Kaiser Classic hosted by Shippensburg University. The Spartans won three events while finishing ten times in the top-ten.
    The Spartans school-record-holding 4x100 relay squad teamed up for yet another blazing time. 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) combined to finish first in the race, crossing the line at 42.07.
    To go along with his 4x100 victory, Henise also picked up the individual honor in the 200-meter dash event. The senior sprinter captured the victory with a time of 22.71. Henise also took third in the 100-meter dash, recording a time of 11.22.
    In that 100-meter event, McKoy, York’s anchor in the 4x100, picked up the individual win. McKoy’s time of 11.09 bested the rest of the field by 0.12 second.
    York’s two other top five marks came from Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) and Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell). Hinkle came in third in the 5,000 meters while Edwards nabbed fourth with a 56.93 time in the 400 hurdles.
    In the field events, Jason Kane (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) posted York’s top finish, grabbing seventh in the triple jump. The senior posted a trio of bounds that amounted to a distance of 12.58 meters.
    Brandon McLaughlin (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) came in ninth in the triple jump while Steve Kinnear (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and Mark Ksiezopolski (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) each took top-15 finishes in the pole vault. Kinnear’s height of 4.25 meters allowed him to tie for tenth while Ksiezopolski posted 4.10 meters to tie for 15th.
    Gary Rynier (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) put in York’s top performance in the throwing events. In the hammer, Rynier’s signature event, the senior came in eighth-place with a launch of 43.45 meters. Rynier then nabbed 22nd in the shot put with a toss of 12.77 meters.
    The Spartans will host their first home meet of the season next Saturday, May 2. The York College Charity Open is slated to begin at 9:00 am. Any unattached athletes looking to participate may contact Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca at ecamodec@ycp.edu.


Darren McKoy photo courtesy of Charlie Covell