YORK, Pa. – Champions of the Capital Athletic Conference! The York College men's track & field team captured the 2011 CAC team title at their home track on Sunday as their triumph marks the third league title in the history of the program after also winning it in 1991 and 1992. The Spartans posted the win with 160 points while Salisbury, who had won the team title in each of the previous seven years, took second with 142 and Mary Washington came in third with 130.33.
With Saturday's events, which were doused by terrential downpours and strong wind throughout the day, eventually suspended due to lightning with just three events remaining, the Green and White closed out what proved to be the first day of competition holding a 21-point lead over Salisbury. Coming back on Sunday morning to finish the meet, York needed quality results in the discus, 5,000-meter run, and 4x400 relay in order to secure the championship. And they got them in spades.
Freshman thrower Marcus Bailey posted a fourth-place finish in the discus to notch points for the Spartan side. Sophomore distance runner Steven Childres added more points to the York ledger when he recorded a second-place finish in the 5k. In the 5,000, senior teammate Andrew Friesema unselfishly helped pace Childres until the sophomore made his move to register a runner-up time of 16:18.39.
York then finished the meet with a victorious 4x400 relay. Gregory Gray got the Spartans off in the lead leg before handing over the baton to Chris Randise who ran an outstanding 400. Senior Ben Edwards, who had a remarkable CAC Championships, tucked comfortably behind the leader before making his move to get the Spartans out front. Anchor Le Von White secured the win with a strong final 400 to help give the Green and White a victorious 3:28.36, ensuring the team title.
"It's been awesome. Four years in the making," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said of York's first title since taking over the reigns of the program back in 2007. "… And to do it on the 20th anniversary of the first time we won the conference is something special in itself. Today is an amazing day."
Freshman distance standout Tim Hartung set the stage for the Green and White as he began the meet with a decisive victory in the 10,000-meter run. Staying tucked into the lead pack for a majority of the race, Hartung separated himself over the final several laps. The Spartan rookie, who topped the field by over 12 seconds, finished the race in a stadium-record and CAC Championship meet-record of 33:18.49.
"It obviously started off with Tim in the 10k," Camodeca said of York's championship performance. "That set an attitude and a tone that this is going to be our day. And I just had a feeling going into it that something like that could really change the day. And it just kept continuing throughout the day."
Edwards put together an exceptional performance for the Spartan squad registering a pair of individual CAC titles. Edwards first won the 110-meter hurdles finals with a triumphant 16.60, besting the second-place's 17.06. The senior then backed up that effort with another championship showing in the 400-hurdles. Taking over at the final turn, Edwards raced down the final 100 meters to finish first with a 56.11, over two seconds faster than his nearest competitor.
In one of the more exhilarating races of Saturday, York's 4x100 squad snagged first for a CAC title. The Spartans, who also placed first in the event last season but with an entirely different group of runners, took the top spot with a 44.65 as Gray, Phillip Cavaluchi, Randise, and Christopher Camodeca ran to the victory.
Not only did Gray help capture the 4x100 and 4x400 titles, but he secured a victory of his own in the long jump. The talented freshman leapt to a 6.82-meter distance to garner the CAC's top spot in the long jump.
York grabbed yet another first-place finish as Zak Kreismer took the victory in the pole vault. With the slippery conditions, Kreismer posted a triumphant 3.15-meter height to give York the first-place points. Zach Schober and Nicholas Paulovich added to the Spartan haul in the pole vault, as they were part of a three-person tie for second each registering 3.05 meters.
In addition to Gray's work in the long jump, Cavaluchi took second in the event while fellow sophomore Jerry Bowers snagged fourth. Cavaluchi posted a 6.80-meter leap to take the runner-up spot while Bowers' made a jump of 6.57 meters.
The high jump saw freshman Zach Rogers take second as he narrowly missed the victory. On his final jump, Salisbury's Corey Blaine cleared 1.85 meters to best Rogers' best result of 1.80 meters.
In the throws, senior Zack Raywood recorded a pair of third-place finishes. Raywood launched the hammer 39.49 meters while tossing the javelin 44.07 meters. Cavaluchi posted fourth in that javelin event with a 43.55-meter throw.
Back on the track, Friesema recorded third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 10:17.10 while rookie Randolph Patrice put together a gritty 200-meter dash to place third, crossing the line at 23.53.
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2011 ALL-CAC FIRST-TEAM
Long Jump – Gregory Gray – 6.82 meters
Pole Vault – Zak Kreismer – 3.15 meters
110 Hurdles – Ben Edwards – 16.60
400 Hurdles – Ben Edwards – 56.11
4x100 – Gregory Gray, Phillip Cavaluchi, Chris Randise, Christopher Camodeca – 44.65
4x400 – Gregory Gray, Chris Randise, Ben Edwards, Le Von White – 3:28.36
10,000 – Tim Hartung – 33:18.49
2011 ALL-CAC SECOND-TEAM
Long Jump – Phillip Cavaluchi – 6.80 meters
High Jump – Zach Rogers – 1.80 meters
Pole Vault – Nicholas Paulovich – 3.05 meters
Pole Vault – Zach Schober – 3.05 meters
5,000 – Steven Childres – 16:18.39