ANNVILLE, PA – The York College men’s track & field squad picked up a victory at the Lebanon Valley Outdoor Invitational on Friday. In the Spartans first scored outdoor meet of the season, the Green and White collected 113 points, distancing themselves from second-place LVC by 34 points as well as Gettysburg and Alvernia.
Spartan newcomer Damian Myers (Windsor, Pa./Eastern York) had a tremendous afternoon. The sophomore sprinter nabbed first in the 100-meter dash (11.45) and first in the 200 (22.77). He also ran the lead leg of York’s 4x100 winning relay squad (43.82) while also leading off the 1600 sprint medley in which the Spartans landed in second.
Fellow sophomore sprinter Chris Camodeca (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) also put together an exceptional performance. Individually, he registered a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash as he stepped up for the Green and White in this race. Furthermore, he ran the second leg of the triumphant 4x100 team and the third portion of the 1600 sprint medley.
Sophomore Darren McKoy (Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) and senior Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion) ran the final two legs of the 4x100, while Akeem Mackall (Lothian, Md./Southern) and Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville Area) completed the second and fourth portions, respectively, of the 1600 sprint medley.
In the pole vault, sophomore standout Mark Ksiezopolski (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) busted out a 14-foot height, six inches short of his own school record mark, to take first at the LVC Invitational. Nick Paulovich (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) posted a height of 13 feet to secure second. Both heights give the youngsters hope for Capital Athletic Conference title contention come mid-April’s league championships.
Staying in the field events, freshman Cavaluchi notched another first-place for the Green and White in the long jump. The rookie leapt 20’ 5” to take the win. Fellow freshman and prep teammate Jerry Bowers (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) took second in the triple jump (40’ 0.75”) and third in the long jump (19’ 11.5”).
Back on the track, senior distance runner Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) won the 1500 meters by over three full seconds (4:12.82). Additionally, Hinkle would take second in the 800.
York posted victories in both hurdles events. Ryan Campbell’s (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) 17.63 in the 110-meter hurdles garnered first as did Matthew Marthaler (Flemington, N.J./North Hunterdon) in the 400 race (59.73). Brandon McLaughlin (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) and Todd Humphrey (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) finished second in each event, respectively.
McKoy and Liggitt added second-place points in the 100-meter dash as well as the 200-meter event.
Junior thrower Zach Raywood (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) nabbed second in the discus with a 113-foot launch, while he also notched third-place finishes in the javelin and hammer. Austin Dubos (Ledgewood, N.J./Roxbury) took third in the discus with a 112’ 9” toss.
York returns home for their next meet as the Green and White welcome Gettysburg and Messiah to the Spartan track, on Wednesday, March 24. The tri-meet is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start.
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