DURHAM, N.C. – The York College men’s track & field squad competed at the two-day Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. on Friday and Saturday. The Spartan contingent put in several strong performances during the meet, which included participants from numerous Division I institutions including Duke, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Vermont.
Senior distance runner Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) put in one of York’s top showings of the Invitational as he won his section of the 5,000 meter-run on Friday. Hinkle ran an incredible 5k as he recorded a terrific 15:34.49, winning section “D” by over nine seconds. That time sets a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 15:44.30, which had stood since 1980.
“That was the most beautiful race,” Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said, beaming after Hinkle’s performance. “I have never seen any of our guys run that well ever. It was so exciting.”
Rookie standout Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville Area) added a fantastic showing of his own during Friday’s competition. Cavaluchi launched the javelin 53.64 meters (176’) to take first in his flight and sixth overall in the event. That toss also sets a new school best, breaking teammate Zack Raywood’s (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) 2008 mark by four inches.
Damian Myers (Windsor, Pa./Eastern York) spread out his quality over both days. On Friday in the developmental 400 meters, Myers took 13th in the race with a 51.05. He followed that time with a strong 200 meters. Myers ran to a 22.39 securing a top-25 place.
Myers would also help York’s 4x100 relay squad attain a ninth-place finish. Myers, who ran the third portion of the event, joined with Tom Kentouris (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Saint Edmund's Prep), Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion), and Darren McKoy (Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) to crack the 43-second plateau and record a 42.84.
The Spartan sprinters continue to perform well. Along with Myers in the 200, Liggitt posted a solid 23.14. McKoy and Kentouris ran to 11.25 and 11.27 times, respectively, in the 100-meter dash.
In the long jump, Jerry Bowers (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) leapt to a 12th-place overall finish as he jumped 6.61 meters (21’ 8.25”).
With this great experience now firmly under their belt, the Green and White return to action on April 9 and 10 when they travel to nearby Grantham, Pa. for the Messiah College Falcon Invitational.
Jason Hinkle photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com