FAIRFAX, VA – The York College women's indoor track & field team had an outstanding day at the inaugural Capital Athletic Conference championship meet at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA on Sunday. The Spartans finished second at the seven-team event.
The Spartans accumulated 120 team points, finishing behind team champion Salisbury who had 188 points. Mary Washington placed third with 76 points followed by Frostburg State (35 points), Hood (32 points), Stevenson (10 points), and Wesley (1 point).
Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca was happy with the performance of his women's squad.
"I am extremely pleased with the women's performance today. We knew it was going to be tough to catch Salisbury, but we went out there competed and scored more points that we initially thought. These women are driven by the common goal of winning a championship. It is very encouraging to see the progress occurring around us with such a young squad."
The Spartans were paced by the efforts of sophomore Laura Rowlands and freshman Jasmine Smith. Rowlands picked up right were she left off last spring when she earned the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year for the 2011 outdoor season. Rowlands recorded a pair of first place finishes and one second place finish in today's indoor championship.
Rowlands won the high jump with a height of 1.67 meters (5'5.75") which is also good enough for an NCAA provisional cut. Rowlands must wait to find out if that height is good enough to earn a berth in the NCAA National Championships in Grinnel, Iowa on March 9 & 10. Rowlands also won the triple jump, recording a distance of 11.7 meters (36'4") for the victory. She posted a second-place finish in the long jump as she posted a distance of 5.14 meters (16'10.5").
"Laura continues to shine for this program," stated Camodeca. "She is one of the most competitive athletes out there. She measures her success in championships. Her second place performance in the long jump was a personal best for her. Going into the final jump in the triple Laura was in second place after a major adjustment in her steps and approach she knocked off Salisbury for the win. Her performance of the day came in the high jump. After securing the victory at 5'2 she went all in and put her self in position to qualify for nationals by raising the bar to 1.67 and clearing it."
Smith was fantastic in her first championship meet for York. The freshman earned a win in the long jump, covering a distance of 5.33 meters (17'6") for the victory. She earned two runner-up finishes at the championship as she placed second in the 60-meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Her time in the 60 was 7.99 while her 200 time was 27.21. Both times established new school records for the freshman.
"Jasmine solidified herself as one of the best athletes in the conference today," stated Camodeca. "Her second place finish in the 60m and 200m set school records and came against an experienced and talented field. Her dominance in the long jump as she increased her school record and brought home the top spot in the event. She also ran a solid anchor leg in the 4x400 relay."
The Spartans also received a first place finish from the distance medley relay team as Misty Parshall, Anna Spaniol, Megan Phillips, and Emily Abel combined to record a time of 12:46.14, good for a new school record in the event.
Freshman Jess Miller earned one of York's four second place finishes as she was a runner-up in the 5,000 meter run. Miller picked up a time of 19:37.75.
"Jess really upset the 5K field with her tactical and well run race," said Camodeca.
Spaniol recorded a pair of third place finishes for the Spartans as the senior was fantastic in the 800 meter run and the one mile run. Spaniol notched a time of 2:28.60 in the 800 and then set a school-record in the mile with a time of 5:30.52.
"Anna really led the way for our group of distance runners," said coach Camodeca. "She brought home to third place finished in the 800 and mile, and broke the school record in the mile with an outstanding kick at the end. She also was a member of the distance medley relay team that brought home first team honors and broke the school record in the process."
Junior Dana Mangano made her season debut in the high jump and finished third with a best height of 1.47 meters (4'9.75"). Freshman Ashley Razzano picked up another third-place finish for the Spartans in the pole vault, besting a height of 2.75 meters (9' 0.25"). York's 4x400 relay team earned a third-place finish with a time of 4:24.38.
Mandy Parshall and Hannah Ritzman each recorded fourth place finishes for the Spartans. Parshall was fourth in the mile run with a time of 5:31.52. Ritzman finished fourth in the 400 meter dash, recording a school-record time of 1:02.45.
"Hannah gives this team everything she has every time she lines up" said Camodeca. "She also just missed finals in the 60m dash, and ran a great lead off leg in the 4x400."
The Spartans return to action next Sunday when they travel to Virginia Tech to participate in the VT Last Chance Meet in Blacksburg, VA.