YORK, Pa. – The York College women's track & field team did something no other Spartan women's track program had done before as the 2011 squad took second-place at the annual Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Finishing either third or fourth in each year since the competition started in 1994, the Green and White captured second at the 2011 CAC Championships, posting 131 points. First-place Salisbury scored 183 while third-place Mary Washington took third with 107.
Fighting tough weather conditions throughout the weekend, the Spartans were able to focus mentally which in turn provided for quality performances.
"I was thrilled," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said of York's quality finish. "I'm always impressed with what they are able to do but on a day like that where the weather is a huge factor there's two ways you can go. You can mentally breakdown and give up and let everyone else take advantage of it, or as we did (overcome it) the past two days. We were excited for it. We knew what to expect and we went out there and competed … I couldn't be happier with this group of women."
Laura Rowlands had nothing short of a tremendous performance at her first CAC Championships. The Spartan rookie garnered league titles in the triple jump, high jump, and long jump while she ran the third leg of York's victorious 4x100 relay squad. In the triple, Rowlands posted a triumphant 11.25-meter result, which not only captured the title but also broke her own Graham Field record set just two weeks ago. Her 1.60-meter height in the high jump tied the stadium mark while she corralled the win in the long jump with a leap of 5.08 meters.
Redman captured a victory of her own, securing first-place points in the 100-meter dash. The Spartan newcomer sprinted to the CAC title, crossing the finish at 12.98.
Senior Mandy Parshall, who is one of the most accomplished runners in the history of York College, added yet another accolade to her impressive career as she won the 5,000-meter event. Parshall's victorious 19:13.38 proved a close one as she won the race by less than a second. That triumph gives her five individual CAC track titles in her career as she also won the 800 and 1500 as a sophomore and junior while she captured the league's cross country championship back in the fall.
Sophomore Loreta Tonuzi recorded a throwing triumph for the York squad as she took the javelin competition. After finishing second in the event as a freshman last season, Tonuzi captured the top spot this year with a 35.51-meter toss.
Aside from their seven triumphs, the Green and White's strong performance continued with five second-place finishes.
The Spartans went 1-2 in the high jump as Christy Guzenski joined Rowlands in the top-two. Guzenski's height of 1.55 meters gave her a second-place finish in her first CAC Championships.
In the 10,000-meter run, sophomore Tuesday Wilson, who established a new school record in the event two weeks ago, posted a runner-up finish. Wilson's 42:19.97 provided the Green and White second-place points.
The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw junior Anna Spaniol finish second with a 12:25.80 while Parshall took the silver in the 1500 by recording a 5:00.64.
On the rainy Saturday, the pole vault proved difficult with such slippery conditions. However, the Spartans were able to capture second and third in the event. Nicole Seitz nabbed second with a 2.14 height while Caitlin Rizzardo came in third.
"Working hard, wanting to win," Camodeca said of what was the key to York's success throughout the season. "That's the biggest thing. You saw a group of women who were upset when they didn't win. They always wanted to get better. They worked hard. There were girls who were injured all year and if I asked them to run through a wall they would do it for me. There were girls out there with muscle injuries and they just keep going and going and going. And that's the attitude and the type of women we want here, that will do (what it takes) to win."
PHOTO: Laura Rowlands leaps over the bar during the high-jump competition at the 2011 CAC Championships held at York College. Courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com
2011 ALL-CAC FIRST-TEAM
High Jump – Laura Rowlands – 1.60 meters
Long Jump – Laura Rowlands – 5.08 meters
Triple Jump – Laura Rowlands – 11.25 meters
Javelin – Loreta Tonuzi – 35.51 meters
100 – Kenyatta Redman – 12.98
4x100 – Allyson Montello, Kenyatta Redman, Laura Rowlands, Donteris Spence – 52.29
5,000 – Mandy Parshall – 19:13.58
2011 ALL-CAC SECOND-TEAM
High Jump – Christy Guzenski – 1.55 meters
Pole Vault – Nicole Seitz – 2.14 meters
1,500 – Mandy Parshall – 5:00.64
3,000 Steeplechase – Anna Spaniol – 12:25.80
10,000 – Tuesday Wilson – 42.19.97