Spartans Capture Third Place, Stetson Sets Meet Record at CAC Indoor Championships

Spartans Capture Third Place, Stetson Sets Meet Record at CAC Indoor Championships

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The York College men's track and field team produced a third place finish with one individual champion at the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Christopher Newport University.

York compiled 71 points and finished behind second-place finisher Christopher Newport who totaled 130.33 points and four-time reigning champion Salisbury who compiled 147.33 points.

Senior Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J. / Old Bridge) captured the 5000-meter crown with a record-setting time of 15:10.76. His time broke the old championship meet record of 15:27.05, which was set in 2013 by former teammate and Spartan All-American Tim Hartung.

Stetson also produced a top-six finish in the 3000-meter as he took home a third place finish with a time of 8:56.36.

Junior Darnell Tillman (Enola, Pa. / East Pennsboro) continued his record-setting ways with a second place finish in the 400-meter with a time of 50.22, which surpassed his own previous school record time of 50.66.

Tillman also performed well in the 200-meter as he took home a third place finish with a time of 22.64, just .29 seconds off the first place time.

Another school record fell after the 4x400-meter relay team completed their performance. The foursome of Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md. / Marriotts Ridge), Tillman, Anthony Smart (Thornton, Pa. / Garnet Valley) and Darien Gray (Bladensburg, Md. / Gonzaga) recorded a time of 3:26.77, good enough for fourth place and surpassed the old school record time of 3:28.59.

The three Spartan pole vaulters put together impressive performances as they each took home top-five finishes and earned points for their team. Kevin Landis (Lincoln University, Pa. / Avon Grove), Drew Chowhan (Flanders, N.J. / Roxbury) and Darris Rodrigues (Palmerton, Pa. / Palmerton) each cleared a height of 13' 5.25' with Landis taking second place because he reached the height in the least number of attempts, followed by Chowhan in third and Rodrigues in fourth.

In addition to Stetson, the distance runners performed well as a whole. Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa. / Northampton) placed fourth and a set personal record in the 5000-meter with a time of 15:52.26. Ryan Aug (Monmouth Junction, N.J. / South Brunswick) placed behind Eppler in fifth place in the 5000-meter and he also set a personal record with a time of 15:54.43. Wil Murray (Cape May Court House, N.J. / Middle Township) earned points as he placed fourth and set a personal record in the 3000-meter with a time of 8:56.46. Grant Dell (Westminster, Md. / North Carroll) capped off a stellar freshman indoor season with a sixth place finish and a personal record in the 3000-meter with a time of 8:58.51, in addition to a fifth place finish and a personal record in the mile with a time of 4:21.27.

The 4000-meter distance medley relay team consisting of Alex Smith (Ephrata, Pa. / Ephrata), James Gonzales (Baltimore, Md. / Dundalk), Daniel Caldwell (Chester, Md. / Kent Island) and Matthew Morgan (Ulysses, Pa. / Northern Potter) also scored points for the team with a third place finish with a time of 10:55.10 

The next scheduled for the Spartans is the George Mason Last Chance Meet on Sunday, March 1.

Michael Stetson photo courtesy of David Sinclair

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