YORK, Pa. – The York College track & field team saw records fall on Thursday evening during a meet on their own track.
"Today was a great day of competition, not only for us, but for everyone who competed," said Head Coach Erick Camodeca. "We had such a talented field show up today, saw countless facility records broken on top of school record and an abundance of personal bests for many of the athletes."
Phillip Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville) started things off for the Spartans early in the long jump. After coming off his best jump at CAC Championships, he was able to record a new personal best and break the 15-year-old school record. Cavaluchi's jump of 7.25 meters also helped to put him in the top 10 in the nation and a good chance to attend the national championships at the end of the month.
Coach Camodeca says that whatever happens at the end of the season, they are thrilled to see how Phil ended his Spartan career.
Fresh off of her Rookie of the Year award announcement, Bethany Miller (York, Pa./York Suburban) also came up big for the Spartans. Miller came up one half inch short of the school record in the pole vault with a height of 3.26 meters. In just her first year, the coaching staff feels that she is steadily progressing to becoming one of the best athletes in the women's program history.
Laura Rowlands (Dover, Pa./Dover) had a great series in the triple jump, but struggled to get on the board with the quality marks. Rowlands did record a jump that landed in her in second place with a distance of 10.93 meters. Coach Camodeca knows that she has it in her to nail a big jump soon.
In her final meet of her career, Katie Shinn (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) hit career best in the hammer throw. Shinn's throw of 37.73 meters was a great way to end her Spartan career and the coaches are thrilled to see her end on such a high note.
The group of men's 400-meter runners finished with quality times. Darnell Tillman (Enola, Pa./East Pennsboro) finished with a time of 51.95 in fifth place and Sebastian Hall (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) recorded a time of 52.24 for eighth.
Okera Beidleman (Germantown, Md./Northwest) finally broke through in the 800 today. He was able to break the 2:00 barrier that he has been striving for all season. Beidleman raced to a second place finish with a time of 1:59. 64.
Eddie Kraft (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) was also able to record a personal best. After finding his way back to form, Kraft nailed a huge throw of 13.28 meters. Coach Camodeca knew that he had it in him all season and was glad to see him perform so strongly.
"This was a great way for us to wrap up the season and pursue the chase to nationals," said Coach Camodeca.
For many of the Spartans, the 2013 season has come to an end, but some will be competing on Monday for the Swarthmore Tuppany Twilight Last Chance Meet. The Green and White's final chance to qualify for nationals starts at 4:00 pm.