Spartans Compete at North Florida Spring Break Invitational

Spartans Compete at North Florida Spring Break Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The York College men’s track and field team took a contingent of student-athletes to the two-day University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational. The Spartans competed against numerous Division I programs including Florida State, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Winthrop.

Rookie standout Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville Area) continued his exceptional 2010 season in Jacksonville. The freshman notched York’s best finish of the meet when he took fourth in the long jump with a strong 22’ 4.25” leap. Only a pair of unattached jumpers and Division I Morehouse’s Barry Batson topped Cavaluchi’s mark.

Cavaluchi also helped the Green and White to a top-ten finish in the 4x100 relay. Tom Kentouris (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Saint Edmund's Prep) led off the race before handing the baton to Cavaluchi for the second leg. Sophomore Chris Camodeca (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) ran the third 100 before handing off to reigning Capital Athletic Conference Rookie-of-the-Year Darren McKoy (Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) for the anchor leg. Altogether, the Spartans finished with a 44.23 to capture eighth.

Cavaluchi also posted the Spartans’ top time in the 200 with a 23.20 while Kentouris logged a 23.35.

In the 100-meter dash, Kentouris registered York’s best time with an 11.32. McKoy, Cavaluchi, and Camodeca also recorded strong times for the Green and White.

Ben Edwards (Howell, N.J./Howell) nabbed York’s third top-ten finish when he secured tenth in the 400 hurdles with a 57.80. Edwards would also post a solid 16.64 in the 110 hurdles.

In the 5,000-meter distance run, freshman Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) notched a time of 16:29.72 to lead the Spartans.

“Overall, I am very happy with how the guys performed down here,” head coach Erick Camodeca said. “I can already see improvement over where we were last year and that is encouraging going forward.”

York officially opens their 2010 outdoor campaign as a full squad on Saturday, March 13. The Spartans are set to host the York College Spring Opener, which is slated for a 9:00 a.m. start.

RESULTS - courtesy of the University of North Florida

Darren McKoy photo courtesy of Charlie Covell