TOWSON, MD – The York College men’s track & field squad picked up yet another team win, their third of the season, besting five other schools at the Goucher Track & Field Classic on Saturday. The Spartans captured the overall triumph with 283 points while posting 13 event victories.
Perhaps the Green and White’s most impressive performance came from freshman Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville Area). Cavaluchi launched the javelin 53.12 meters to take first in the throwing event. The rookie also provided York with first-place points in the long jump with a 6.28-meter leap.
Including Cavaluchi’s javelin triumph, the Spartan side would take first in each of the four throwing events. Zack Raywood (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham), who finished second in the javelin (48.39 meters), tossed the hammer 34.97 meters and the discus 36.48 meters to take the victor’s spot in both events.
Newcomer Kameron Wansel (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area) added to York’s throwing wins by securing the shot put. Wansel nabbed the win with an 11.58-meter heave.
Staying in the field events, Brandon McLaughlin (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) brought home York’s final field victory by taking the high jump. McLaughlin jumped 1.77 meters to secure the win in the event.
On the track, McLaughlin posted another triumph as he captured the 110-meter hurdles. The junior recorded a 17.86 to take first.
The Spartan sprinters, who have ran well all year, continued to shine. In the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash, the Green and White took each of the top five spots before taking first, second, third, and fourth in the finals. Senior Tom Kentouris (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Saint Edmund's Prep) won the event with an 11.50 while Damian Myers (Windsor, Pa./Eastern York), Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion), and Cavaluchi followed.
In addition to the individual 100 meters, the Spartans’ 4x100 relay squad also secured first with a 43.21 posting.
Liggitt added to York’s impressive sprinting performance as he ran to a 200-meter dash triumph with a 23.28 time.
Akeem Mackall (Lothian, Md./Southern) added more first-place points to the Spartan total when he was victorious in the 800. Mackall ran to a 2:06.07 to take the top spot.
The Green and White would nab two distance events – the 3,000 meters and the 3,000 steeplechase. Senior Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) ran to a 9:10.00 win in the 3K as he set a new Spartan outdoor record as well as a new stadium best at Goucher. Patrick Lestrange (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) secured first in the steeple with a 10:11.06.
Two of York’s top performances actually came in events the Spartans did not win. The first came from rookie distance runner Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) in the 10,000 meters. The Spartan freshman posted a 34:07.50 in the 10K to take second. Fellow newcomer Matt Marthaler (Flemington, N.J./North Hunterdon) posted second in the 400-meter hurdles with a quality 59.01 while also notching the runner-up spot in the 110 hurdles.
Bill Horner (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) took second in the 400 as did Ryan Janes (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) in the 1500-meter race. Joe Paraszcuk (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream North) secured third in the 10,000 and Steven Andrews (Exton, Pa./Henderson B. Reed) nabbed third in the 3,000.
Returning to the field events, Steven Goldberg (Sparta, N.J./Harrison) took second in the hammer while Austin Dubos (Ledgewood, N.J./Roxbury) was the runner-up in the shot put. Dubos also finished second in the discus with a 34.56-meter toss. Wansel came in third in the event 33.92-meter throw.
In the long jump, Jerry Bowers (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) came in third with a 6.17-meter bound.
The Spartans will hit the road for their next meet as they travel to Durham, N.C. York visits Duke University for the Duke Invitational on April 2 and 3.
Photo: Phil Cavaluchi throws the javelin at a recent home event in York - courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com