CARLISLE, Pa. – The York College men's track & field squad opened up their 2010-2011 campaign at the Dickinson Indoor Invitational this Saturday. The Spartans picked up a third-place team finish, out of the seven programs in attendance, scoring 103 points.
In the 55-meter hurdles, the day's first event, Ben Edwards, Paul Kletzli, and Matt Marthaler put on solid performances during the trials as they each posted times that broke the previous school. Edwards notched the best time however, establishing a new school-record mark of 7.91. Each qualified for the finals as Edwards took second overall with an 8.11, while Marthaler snagged fifth and Kletzli sixth as these three put the Spartans off to a very impressive start of the season.
Greg Gray and Le Von White both qualified for the finals of the 55-meter dash. Gray ran consistent and strong in both the trials and finals as he took third overall with a 6.80. White who came back stronger in his finals run, finishing behind Gray.
Mike Amatuccio and Christopher Camodeca competed in the 600-meter run for the first time in the program's history. Each ran a tactical race, however Amatuccio bested Camodeca as he let him make an early move in the final lap and Camodeca could not hang on. Amatuccio finished third overall and established the school record with a time of 1:33.32.
White, Gray, Chris Randise, and Randolph Patrice came together to run the 4x200 and finished second overall. On a very tight track they each ran well, yet the most impressive leg came from Patrice as the Spartan newcomer closed a considerable gap between him and Sean Denson of Dickinson.
Aaron Robertson is one of the first male student-athletes in program's history to run the 1000 meters. An aggressive surge put him out front early in the race, but he was not able to lead all the way. He ended finishing in a strong second and establishing the school record at 2:53.61.
One of the most anticipated races of the day was to feature York's men's 4x400 "A" & "B" squads, however due to scratches the teams were not in the same heat – a factor which took away from the intersquad competition. The "A" team consisting of Marthaler, Edwards, Amatuccio, and Kletzli won the second heat and placed first overall. The "B" team – running White, Camodeca, Randise, and Patrice – jumped on the opportunity of a botched hand-off by Gettysburg and never looked back on their way to winning the first heat and placing second overall.
In the men's shot put Kameron Wansel and Austin Dubos had a very strong outing each coming out throwing over 38' , which is a great start compared to last year.
Converted distance runner Tyler Quill debuted in the high jump and went on to win the event. After struggling to stay healthy last year, Quill decided focus on another area and he may have found his new home.
Despite the absence of last year's outstanding rookies Phil Cavaluchi and Jerry Bowers, York still showed it's strong presence in the long jump. Gray leaped just over 21' as he bested the rest of his competition to finish first overall (21' 0.75"). Fellow freshman Randise also put together a nice showing with a jump of 19' 4.25".
With their first meet of the season now complete, the Spartans return to competitive action on January 29 when the Green and White are set to travel to the University of Delaware Thomson Invitational. Meet time in Newark, Del. is slated for 10:00 am.
Le Von White photo courtesy of Erick Camodeca