The York College men's and women's track and field teams got off to strong starts Saturday in the opening day of the Capital Athletic Conference championships at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

The men sit third of six teams after the first day while the women are in fifth place.

MEN: The Spartans got a win in the 10,000 as senior Tim Hartung is competing in his final CAC championships. Hartung completed the race in a time of 32:47.55, winning the race by over eight seconds. Teammate Colin Fleming finished fourth with a time of 34:17.99 to earn four team points for the Green and White.

The Spartans also got strong performances from the duo of Robert Doster and Alex Aponte in the javelin. Doster finished second with a best toss of 55.40 meters. Aponte finished fourth with a best distance of 51.85. The duo earned 12 team points for the Green and White with their performances.

Freshman Andrew Sarver recorded a fifth place finish in the triple jump by clearing a best distance of 12.48 meters. Sophomore Terez Beauford posted a sixth place finish in the hammer throw with a throw of 40.74 meters.

In preliminary events, Ryan Banta finished eighth in the 100 with a time of 11.22. Darnell Tillman placed fifth in the 200-meter dash prelims with a time of 22.25. Darien Gray recorded a sixth place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.07. All three Spartans advance to the finals of their respective events on Sunday.


WOMEN: The Spartan women received a pair of strong performances in the 10,000-meter race as Jess Miller and Stephanie Bower both finished in the points for York. Miller notched a fourth place finish for the Green and White as she crossed the line in a time of 40:29.36. Bower captured a sixth place finish as she finished the race with a time of 43:39.96.

Sophomore Bethany Miller, a York Suburban grad, gave York four more points when she placed fourth in the pole vault as she cleared a height of 3.10 meters.

In the 100-meter dash preliminaries, Bria Jones qualified for the finals as she notched a sixth place finish with a time of 13.10.

The championships continue on Sunday as the remainder of the events will be completed.