SALISBURY, MD – The York College men's track & field squad took third at the annual Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday from Salisbury, Md. The Spartans picked up 121 team points to garner their third-place finish. Salisbury captured the 2010 CAC Championship with 260 points while Mary Washington snagged second with 148.
The Spartans 121 points proved their highest team point-total since the Green and White finished second with 154.6 points at the 2007 conference championships. York picked up nine All-CAC finishes, awarded to the top-two finishers in each event, including three event victories.
York's talented 4x100 crew of Thomas Kentouris (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Saint Edmund's Prep), Damian Myers (Windsor, Pa./Eastern York), Ryan Liggitt (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion), and Darren McKoy (Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) won the sprint relay in a time of 42.53.
Junior Zachary Raywood (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) won the CAC title in the javelin while recapturing the school record in his signature event. Raywood, who came in second in the javelin as a freshman, tossed the javelin 186' 1” to nab the victory.
The long jump saw the Green and White win their third event of the Championships. Rookie standout Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville Area) leapt an excellent 22' 11.25” to top the rest of the field by over a full foot. He upset the conference's top seeded jumper while his 6.99-meter jump prove just shy of the NCAA provisional cut of 7.00 meters.
In addition to Cavaluchi's prowess in the long jump, the Spartan freshman, who has an extremely bright future in front of him, also took All-CAC honors in the javelin. Cavaluchi finished second in the event with a throw of 175' 11” as he came in one spot behind Raywood.
In addition to their 4x100 performance, Spartan sprinters Kentouris and Myers each grabbed individual All-CAC accolades. Kentouris notched a second-place time in the 100 with an 11.11 as he has had a tremendous 2010. After not being included in the 100 finals in 2009, Kentouris put on a great performance throughout 2010. Myers, who has made a significant splash in his first season with the Spartans, took the runner-up spot in the 200 with a 22.30.
In a pair of distance events, York added two more individual All-CAC honors. Sophomore Patrick Lestrange (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) came in second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a solid 9:51.68. This marks the second such accolade for Lestrange as he also secured second in the event during the 2009 league championships.
The 5,000-meter run saw senior Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York), who has run well throughout the latter portion of the outdoor season, grabbed second-place points for the Spartans with a 15:44.13. Hinkle, who broke the Spartans' 30-year-old 5K record just two weeks ago, picks up his first all-conference track & field honor.
In the pole vault, sophomore Mark Ksiezopolski (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) posted his first conference accolade after finishing fourth as a rookie. Ksiezopolski finished second in 2010 with a 13' 11.75” height.
In total, the Spartans had 23 point-scoring finishes.
In addition to Kentouris' finish in the 100, Liggitt and Cavaluchi also scored for the Green and White in the event. Liggitt came in fourth while Cavaluchi nabbed fifth.
Liggitt also secured fourth in the 200 (22.56) and Kentouris added another point for the Spartans the 200 dash (22.67).
Myers added more points to the Spartan ledger in the 400. The sophomore posted a 50.49 to capture a fourth-place finish.
The hurdles saw the Green and White post four more scoring times. Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell) successfully returned from an injury earlier in the year to take third in his signature 110-meter hurdle event with a 15.82. Freshman Matthew Marthaler (Flemington, N.J./North Hunterdon) took sixth in the 110 hurdles as he posted a 16.55.
Marthaler would do one spot better in the 400 hurdles finishing fifth with a 58.15. Lestrange raced out of the second heat of the 400 hurdles to provide the York squad with an additional point as he finished sixth.
In addition to Lestrange's strong showing in the 3,000 steeplechase, junior Andrew Friesema (Adamstown, Pa./Cocalico) also posted an outstanding performance. Friesema grabbed a solid fourth-place finish with a 10:10.25.
In the field events, freshman Jerry Bowers (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) had a strong first CAC Championships. The Spartan rookie posted scoring distances in both the long and triple jumps with 20' 10.5” and 43' 1” respectively. Those jumps gave Bowers a third-place finish in the long and a sixth-place finish in the triple.
Brandon McLaughlin (Cape May Court House, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) tallied fourth in the high jump while Raywood took sixth in the hammer throw.
The Spartans will now continue their 2010 outdoor schedule beginning with the Penn Relays and the Paul Kaiser Classic at Shippensburg. The annual Relays start April 22 at the University of Pennsylvania while the Kaiser Classic takes place on Saturday, April 24, at 9:00 a.m.
All-CAC First Team
4x100 - Thomas Kentouris, Damian Myers, Ryan Liggitt, Darren McKoy - 42.53
Javelin - Zachary Raywood - 186' 1"
Long Jump - Phil Cavaluchi - 22' 11.25"
All-CAC Second Team
Javelin - Phil Cavaluchi - 175' 11"
Pole Vault - Mark Ksiezopolski - 13' 11.75"
100 - Thomas Kentouris - 11.11
200 - Damian Myers - 22.30
3,000 Steeplechase - Patrick Lestrange - 9:51.68
5,000 - Jason Hinkle - 15:44.13
Patrick Lestrange photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com