FAIRFAX, Va. – The York College men's indoor track and field team had a strong showing at the Patriot Games on Saturday at George Mason University. Sophomore Sean Welsh (Baltimore, Md./Parkville) broke his own record in the 60 meter dash.
Welsh continued to look strong and head coach Erick Camodeca was very impressed with his time in the 60. Welsh ran the race in 7.03 seconds and finished in fifth against some extremely tough competition. Last weekend he had set the record at the Terrapin Invitation with a time of 7.10.
Coach Camodeca felt that all the sprinters had a very strong showing. Andrew Langston (Jacobus, Pa./Dallastown) recorded a time of 7.28 and earned a ninth place finish. Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) came in just a few spots behind in 12th place with a time of 7.31.
The Spartans also ran well in the 200 meter dash. Phillip Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville) was the first finisher for the Green and White. He ran a 23.51 and came in 12th place. Next up was Welsh with a time of 23.74 and a 16th place finish. Banta earned a 21st place finish with a time of 23.93.
Demetrice Cox (York, Pa./Dallastown) and Darnell Tillman (Enola, Pa./East Pennsboro) both really impressed Coach Camodeca. Camodeca feels that their performances will make them tough competitors in the 400 throughout the year. Cox proved to Camodeca today that he can go as fast as he has wanted to. Cox finished in ninth place with a time of 52.79. Tillman ran a 53.71 and finished in 17th.
Cavaluchi also looked solid at long jump. Camodeca said that all his jumps were consistent and never dropped off, which is a good sign moving toward CAC championships. He recorded a leap of 6.67 meters to finish in 8th place.
Joshua Malerich (York, Pa./West York Area) continued to impress the Spartan coaches with his efforts in the 800. He ran a 2:09.32 and finished in 19th place. Coming in right behind him at 2:09.53 was Okera Beidleman (Germantown, Md./Northwest).
The distance runners returned to action this season and many of the guys looked very strong. Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was the first Spartan finisher in the mile run with a time of 4:44.01. Freshman Carus Cookman (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) came in a few seconds behind at 4:48.79. Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) started out his indoor career this season with a 25th place finish in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:27.60. Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa./Northampton) finished right behind Hartung and recorded a time of 9:29.23. Wil Murray (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) and Matt Smith (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) were not far behind with times of 9:33.99 and 9:46.66, respectively. Joey Orlando (Minotola, N.J./Buena Regional) followed with a 34th place finish and a time of 9:53.45.
The Spartans return to action on Friday for the Susquehanna Crusader Classic at Susquehanna University. The meet is set to start at 4:00 pm.