GRANTHAM, PA – The York College men’s track & field squad picked up yet another meet victory Saturday at the Messiah College Falcon Invitational. The Spartans nabbed their fourth straight outdoor triumph by netting 139 team points, besting second-place Messiah by a slim 8.5-point margin.
“This is one of our bigger wins as a program,” Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca beamed. “Beating some very good teams such as Messiah, Gettysburg, Mary Washington, and Elizabethtown is a great accomplishment.”
One of the Spartans’ most impressive performances came from junior hurdler Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell). After being sidelined with a nagging injury for over a month, Edwards returned in triumphant fashion for the Green and White as he won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 57.09.
Edwards also anchored York’s 4x800 crew, which garnered a second-place finish. Tyler Quill (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), Akeem Mackall (Lothian, Md./Southern), Andrew Friesema (Adamstown, Pa./Cocalico), and Edwards combined for an 8:47.60.
Aside from Edwards’ outstanding day, the Spartan sprinters continued to shine. Sophomore Damian Myers (Windsor, Pa./Eastern York) posted terrific efforts in each of his events. He captured first in the 200 with a 22.62 while nabbing second-place points in the 400 with a 51.35. Additionally, Myers won the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash (11.23) but did not participate in the finals.
Thomas Kentouris (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Saint Edmund's Prep) however, did qualify for and participate in the 100 finals. The senior sprinter raced to a strong 11.04, besting the field by nearly two-tenths, to take first.
Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion), another top sprinter for the Green and White, posted a quality outing as he finished in the runner-up spot in both the 100 and 200. Liggitt registered an 11.22 in the 100-meter dash while crossing the line in the 200 at 22.92.
Both Kentouris and Liggitt helped York’s 4x100 squad to a fourth-place finish as they teamed up with Chris Camodeca (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) and Jerry Bowers (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) to record a 45.18.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the York side went 1-2 as Patrick Lestrange (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) and Friesema grabbed first and second. Lestrange’s 10:11.04 won the event while Friesema posted a 10:22.23.
Senior distance standout Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York), who recently broke the Spartans’ 30-year-old 5,000-meter run record, would take second on this day in the 10,000 meters. Hinkle tabbed a 33:08.83 to secure the runner-up spot.
In the 400-meter hurdles, rookie Matthew Marthaler (Flemington, N.J./North Hunterdon) ran to a fifth-place finish with a 59.84.
Off the track, the Spartans continued to perform well highlighted by a great performance from Bowers. In the long jump, Bowers won the event for the first time in his collegiate career as he leapt to a first-place 20’ 5.25” while teammates Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville Area) and Wid Lyman (Amherst, Mass./Homeschooled) finished third and fifth, respectively. Cavaluchi jumped 19’ 11.75” and Lyman registered a 19’ 6.25” leap.
Brandon McLaughlin (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) took third in the high jump with a 5’ 10” leap while Lyman posted a 5’ 8” jump.
Mark Ksiezopolski (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) came in third as well, registering a 13’ 7.25” height in the pole vault.
Cavaluchi’s 172’ 8” toss in the javelin landed him in fourth place while Zack Raywood (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) tossed the discus 124’ 5” to take seventh.
The Spartans now begin their final week of preparation prior to next Saturday’s Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Sporting high hopes, York travels to Salisbury, Md. on April 17 as the annual Championships are slated to begin at 9:45 a.m.
RESULTS - courtesy of Messiah College sports information