YORK, Pa – The York College men's track and field team came out of the gates strong on day one of the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference Championship hosted by York College with one individual champion and two All-CAC performances.
Junior thrower Robert Doster (Middletown, Pa. / Middletown) carried the torch high for York on the day as he captured the CAC crown in the javelin throw. Doster came into today's event ranked No. 1 in the conference and won the event with a season-best throw of 192'-5" (58.66m). His throw landed just .93 meters short of setting the new facility record at York.
The Spartans also excelled in the 10000m run as three runners scored team points. Senior Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa. / Northampton) entered the CAC meet ranked No. 1 in the conference and earned All-CAC honors as he led York with a second place finish at a time of 34:09.32, which was less than three seconds off the winning pace of 34:06.34. Freshman Andy MacGibbon (Goffstown, N.H. / Goffstown) placed third as he recorded a time of 34.52.00 and freshman Timothy Moore (Whitehouse Station, N.J. / Hunterdon Central Regional) also scored points for York with a fourth place finish at a time of 34:58.73. Colin Fleming (Owings, Md. / Northern) also performed well as he finished just outside the points in seventh place with a time of 35:18.98.
The Spartan men also got it done in preliminary competition for tomorrow's finals in the hurdles and sprints. Sophomore Darien Gray (Bladensburg, Md. / Gonzaga) advanced to tomorrow's 110m hurdles finals as he ran a time of 16.29 in today's prelims. Junior Darnell Tillman (Enola, Pa. / East Pennsboro) will be competing in the 200m dash finals tomorrow as he qualified with a fourth place finish and a time of 21.86. Tillman set a personal record in the 100m dash prelims with a time of 10.91, but just missed out on qualifying for tomorrow's finals by .01 seconds.
Junior sprinter Ryan Banta (Ellicott City, Md. / Marriotts Ridge) set a new personal record in the 200m dash prelims with a time of 23.01 as he finished in 14th place. Junior thrower Alonzo Abraham (Severn, Md. / Meade) tied his career-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 41'-5" as he finished in 14th place.
The Spartans will return to their home track and field tomorrow as events resume at 10:00 a.m.
Robert Doster and Craig Eppler photo courtesy of David Sinclair