Sprinting to a Sweet Melody

YORK, PA - For some, being a sprinter on the York College men’s track & field team is enough of an art form in itself.   

Not for sophomore Le Von White (Baltimore, Md. / Calvert Hall).

White is also a celebrated musician who trades in his track spikes for the likes of the piano and trumpet.

On February 12, White was the featured soloist for A Celebration of Music by African-American Composers, presented by the Unity Club, to which White is also a member.

The Unity Club is a special interest organization designed to educate the student body and community about the African-American and Hispanic culture.

During the composition White played to the sounds of Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, and Duke Ellington, as well as other various artists.

White also played some of his own work in the form of Elizabeth.

“It was interesting to see Le Von outside of practice doing things he loves,” men’s track and field head coach Erick Camodeca said. “Also to see the support of many of his teammates that were at the event.”

White has not received many formal piano lessons in his life but was first introduced to the instrument when he was five. When he arrived on campus he began taking lessons from Dr. Kenneth Osowski.

“I enjoy playing classical music and ragtime the most,” White said.

To go along with White’s extracurriculars, he is a double major in both music and biology.

“It’s a huge commitment that’s tough to do,” Camodeca said, “but it’s easy for [Le Von] because it is his passion.”

As a sprinter for the track team, White’s highest finish in this young season was at the Dickinson Invitational. He was York’s top finisher in 55m dash running to a fifth-place overall mark back in December.

“It is fun doing all of these activities,” White said. “It gets really busy but I’m hoping that it will all pay off in the end.”

White graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in 2008 where he participated in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Track.

Among White’s many other talents are being a magician and a writer who features rapping and poetry.

“[Le Von] wants to be the best at everything he does,” Camodeca said about White, “and he works hard to get there.”

Le Von White photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com

Feature written by Garrett Wampler - York College sports information student-intern