Cavaluchi Leads Spartans at Maryland Invitational

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Phillip Cavaluchi posted a tremendous performance Saturday as he and the York College men's track & field squad finished seventh out of nine teams at the 2012 Maryland Invitational at the University of Maryland – College Park. The Green and White competed against a number of Division I programs including Maryland, Navy, and Temple.

Cavaluchi was nothing short of outstanding as he won the long jump, took fourth in the javelin, and competed well in the 100 meters. In the long jump, the Spartan proved victorious as he leapt a 6.81-meter (22' 4.25") distance to best the field. Cavaluchi's effort topped competitors from Navy, Temple, and UMBC.

Finishing fourth in the javelin, the junior registered a toss of 52.09 meters (170' 11") to record his second top-five finish of the day. The 100 saw Cavaluchi cross the finish line with a strong 11.15 time as he just missed out on the qualifying for the finals.

"Phil opened the outdoor season with a bang," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "He went into the finals [of the long jump] leading the field. During the final round he was surpassed by [a student-athlete from] UMBC. After a slight adjustment Phil leapt his way to victory. In the 100, he ran his fastest time while at York and just missing the finals in a very competitive field. To end the day he walked away with a [fourth-place] finish in the javelin with a solid performance. Phil has worked extremely hard and it is already paying off."

Joquan Jamison, who Camodeca noted "is well on his way to becoming one of our best long sprinters," put together a solid performance of his own, competing in both the 100- and 200-meter events. He posted an 11.57 in the 100 and broke 23 seconds in his the 200 as he crossed the line in 22.86.

Junior distance runner Steven Childres, part of a Spartan distance squad that Camodeca believes is "constantly improving," registered a personal-record 15:37.07 in the 5,000 meters.

Wil Feliciano posted solid marks in both the 400 and 800 meters. Regularly an 800 runner, Camodeca moved Feliciano to also compete in the 400 where he notched a quality 51.89. In his signature 800, the Spartan rookie timed a 2:02.97.

Fellow newcomer John Follety is "beginning to find his stride in the sprints" according to Camodeca, and registered a 24.02 in the 200 and a 53.13 in the 400.

One week after recording a strong throw in the discus at the West Chester meet, Marcus Bailey followed up that performance with another at the Maryland Invitational. Bailey tossed the discus 39.69 meters (130' 2") to register a ninth-place overall finish.

Austin Dubos competed in both the shot put and discus while Matthew Zippilli tossed the javelin.

York also sent a contingent of throwers to the Towson Invitational. Alex Aponte took eighth in the javelin and 13th in the discus while Kameron Wansel's 38.68-meter toss in the hammer throw allotted him an 11th-place mark and proved the best of the Division III student-athletes at the meet. Eddie Kraft notched a 37.04-meter (121' 6") throw in the hammer to take 13th and Alex Palescandolo's 12.23-meter (40' 1.5") result in the shot put proved good for 15th.

The Green and White return to action on Tuesday, April 3, as the Spartans host the York Tri-Meet on Tuesday. Featuring York, Gettysburg, and Messiah, the meet is slated to begin at 3:30 pm.

PHOTO: Phillip Cavaluchi competes in the long jump at York's Green and White / Alumni Challenge earlier this season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.