FAIRFAX, VA – The York College men's indoor track and field squad finished third of six teams at the inaugural Capital Athletic Conference indoor championships on Sunday at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Salisbury earned the team title with 150 total points, easily outdistancing Frostburg State as the Bobcats notched 91 points. York accumulated 78.5 points while Mary Washington finished third with 74.5 points. Hood (43 points) and Wesley (28 points) rounded out the championship field.
Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca was disappointed with the overall performance of his squad.
"I thought we started off sluggish before starting to make a push in the middle of the meet," stated the Spartan mentor. "Unfortunately, we fizzled out at the end. Injuries and a lack of depth in certain events really handicapped us today. On a positive note, we had some really outstanding individual performances that helped carry our team."
The Spartans were led by sophomore standout Tim Hartung as he captured a pair of individual championship for the day. Hartung, who won the 2011 CAC men's cross country championship this fall, captured his wins in the one mile run and the 5,000 meter run. Hartung cruised to a more than three second victory in the mile run as he crossed the line in a time of 4:22.53. His win in the 5,000 meter run also came comfortably as he notched a time of 15:32.71, over three seconds ahead of runner-up Scott Plunkett from Mary Washington.
Camodeca was impressed by Hartung's performance.
"Tim pulled off the very difficult double by winning both the mile and the 5k run. Watching Tim run is like watching your favorite movie over and over again. You know what's going to happen but you are still impressed. Tim is undefeated in CAC championships this year."
The Green and White got other good performances in the mile run and the 5,000 meter run. In the mile, senior Andrew Friesema finished fourth with a time of 4:29.67 while teammate Steven Childres placed fifth with a time of 4:30.44 as the Spartans captured 16 team points in the event. In the 5,000, Childres earned the first of York's two third-place finishes, crossing the line in a time of 15:47.84 as the Green and White got another 16 points for the event.
"Andrew closed out his career with a great effort in the 800 and in the mile," said Camodeca. "I am happy that he will get the opportunity to continue to be involved as a coach during the outdoor season. Steve has been battling an injury and pulled off an impressive comeback. Steve loves to prove other teams wrong about him. He always runs like he has something to prove and he has a knack for coming through time after time."
York picked up a pair of second place finishes courtesy of freshman Drew Chowan and junior Phillip Cavaluchi. Chowhan was the runner up in the pole vault as the first-year Spartan posted a best mark of 4.10 meters (13'5.25"). Chowhan finished six inches back of Hood's Chris DiGangi.
"Drew had a good day in the vault," said Camodeca. "He has the potential to be a consistently top finisher for us."
Cavaluchi earned a runner-up finish in the long jump, posting a best distance of 6.49 meters (21'3.5"). Cavaluchi also earned a school record in the 60 meter dash, finishing with a time of 7.16, good for a fifth place finish.
Sophomore Zach Rogers earned one of York's two third-place finishes in the triple jump as he recorded a best leap of 12.95 meters (42'6").
"Zach had a subpar performance in the high jump but he took out his frustrations with a personal best in the triple jump," said Camodeca.
In addition to Friesma's fourth place finish, two other Spartans earned the same finish in their respective races. In the 400 meter dash, senior Le Von White concluded his race in a time of 52.45, earning four points for the Green and White. Freshman Wil Feliciano recorded his fourth place standing in the 800 meter run as he crossed the line in a school record time of 2:00.08.
White ran with a heavy heart as he found out last night that his father passed away. He decided to compete and gave the Spartans an outstanding effort.
"LeVon was the Spartan of the day. He found out about his dad last night but decided to get onto the bus and competed like a champion today. He ran his way from the slow heat to a fourth place finish in the 400 and then ran an outstanding lead leg in the 4x400. He was a true Spartan today," stated Camodeca.
The Spartans' 4x400 relay team and the distance medley relay each finished fourth in their respective races.
The Spartans return to action next Sunday when they compete at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet in Blacksburg, VA.