Spartans Embark on Indoor Season with Solid Performance at Ursinus

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The York College men's track & field squad embarked on the 2011-2012 indoor campaign, their first as an official varsity sport, with a trip to Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. The Spartans finished eight out of the 13 Division III squads in attendance, totaling 29.50 points.

"This was a quality performance by a very young group," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "It will be exciting to watch them develop from meet-to-meet."

Freshman Joquan Jamison put together a strong first collegiate meet. Jamison's best finish came in the 400 meters as he posted a fourth-place time of 52.61. The rookie notched another top-ten with a 23.65 in the 200-meter dash to place seventh overall.

"He [established a personal record] by over five seconds in the 400," Camodeca said of Jamison. "He is still learning and it is going to be exciting to see him develop."

Phillip Cavaluchi got his junior season off to a solid start as he took a pair of top-ten finishes. In the 200 meters, Cavaluchi posted a sixth-place 23.64 while he also snagged eighth in the 60-meter dash by crossing the finish line at 7.31.

Andrew Friesema, who had a "great day" according to Camodeca, registered a strong fifth-place in the 5,000 meters. Friesema began his final campaign with a 16:23.81.

Rapheal Solomon began his first campaign with a solid effort in the 60 hurdles. The freshman posted a 9.42 in the event to take sixth.

"Rapheal had a respectable time today," Camodeca said. "His form was good in the 60 hurdles and despite a bit of an injury, came back and ran the 400. He is a tough kid."

Putting together a solid effort to start the year, Zach Rogers posted a second-place 1.83-meter mark in the high jump.

Pole-vaulters Drew Chowan and Daniel Bogush registered 3.65-meter and 3.5-meter heights, respectively. Chowan tied for sixth while Bogush notched eighth.

In the lone throwing event of the day, freshman Alexander Palescandolo led the Spartan shot-put effort with a toss of 11.59 meters.

"Alex led our shot-putters today," Camodeca said. "It will be exciting to watch him get better."

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, December 10, as they travel to Dickinson College. Start time in Carlisle, Pa. is slated for 10:00 am.

PHOTO: Alexander Palescandolo prepares to toss the shot put at the Ursinus meet on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Courtesy of Rachel Berninger.