CARLISLE, Pa. – The York College men's track & field team closed out the 2011-2012 fall semester in quality fashion Saturday at the indoor Dickinson Holiday Invitational. The Spartans came in fourth out of 11 teams, picking up 83 points and finishing just three points out of tying with two other schools for second-place.
"This was a great way to end the 2011 part of our season," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said, "and to get ready to come back from break."
Freshman Joquan Jamison put together an impressive meet for the Green and White as he set a new school record in the 600 meters. Jamison ran to a third-place 1:31.07 to best the previous school mark of 1:33.32 set last season.
"It is a longer distance for him." Camodeca said of Jamison running the 600. "Joquan ran well."
Aside from his new school record, Jamison finished ninth in the 55 meters with a 6.86 and helped York's 4x400 relay squad – including John Follety, Deion Broxton, and Le Von White – to a fourth-place 3:44.60.
Phillip Cavaluchi had his own quality performance Saturday as he placed in the top five in two events. Cavaluchi placed fourth overall in the 200 meters with a 23.97 while he took fifth in the 55-meter dash courtesy of a 6.79 time. In his 55-meter dash heat, the Spartan just beat a competitor by less than a-hundredth-a-second as that allowed him to finish in the top-five overall.
"Phil ran really well today, a great start for him," Camodeca said. "He edged out another guy in his 55-meter heat and was able to really open it up on the straight-aways in the 200."
The Spartans also showed well in the field events, capturing several quality finishes.
Camodeca was certainly pleased with his pole-vaulting crew and is optimistic toward their future this season as he noted, "they could possibly be at the top of the [Capital Athletic Conference] by the end of the year." Zach Schober tied for third in the event with a height of 3.84 meters (12' 7.25") while Drew Chowan, a Spartan rookie took fifth overall.
Zach Rogers nabbed three top-ten finishes including two runner-up marks. The lengthy sophomore took second overall in the triple jump at 12.19 meters (40' 00") and second in the high jump with a height of 1.87 meters (6' 1.50"). He also was York's top finisher in the long jump as he took tenth with a mark of 5.71 meters (18' 9").
York's throwing unit also performed well as several established personal records, highlighted by Austin Dubos' showing. The senior thrower launched the shot put 12.11 meters (39' 8.75") to take seventh overall and establish a new personal-record. Alex Palescandolo, Alex Aponte, and Steven Goldberg also added solid work for the Green and White.
Back on the track, White added a fourth-place time in the 400 meters as the senior crossed the line at 54.34. Joey Orlando posted a sixth-place 3:03.91 in the 1,000 meters.
"This is a young group," Camodeca said. "We put them in a lot of different events to see where they will be when we get back from break."
With that break coming up shortly, the Spartans are off from competition until January 21. On that date, York is set to travel to the University of Maryland Terrapin Invitational at the PG Sportsplex. Meet time is slated for a 10:00 am start.
**A photo from today's meet will be posted at a later time.**