Pittsburg, Kan - York College finished in third at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships this past weekend. The team took home seven first place medals and several athletes earned All-KCAC (third place or better). Mason Held (SO/West Fork, Ark) highlighted the event, bringing home four gold medals and winning every event he entered.
The men's 4x800 meter relay got the running events started off as Held picked up ground on the anchor leg to pull ahead of Kansas Wesleyan to win the race by over two seconds. The time of 7:51.16 smashed the previous school record and qualifies the team for NAIA Nationals. The team consisted of Levi Swenson (JR/Benkelman, Nebraska), Kyle Wynn (FR/Waukegan, Ill), Cameron Sorter (JR/Seaside, Ore), and Held.
Saturday's sprinting events is where York College took control and had heads turning after each finish as another Panther was crowned champion.
Dean Simon (SO/Hudson, Fla) took the first race of the day for the Panthers as he posted a personal best 6.92 in the 60 meter dash to claim first place. Carter Price (FR/Rapid City, South Dakota) finished in sixth in the same race with a time of 7.18.
York had three top five finishes in the 200 meter dash with Mason Held taking first in a personal best 22.01. Simon and Price finished in third and fifth, respectively with personal bests as well. Simon with 22.36 and Price with 22.67.
Carter Price took over the 400 meter dash finishing first with a personal best time of 49.65, almost an entire second ahead of second place.
Held was at it again in the 600 meter run finishing two seconds ahead of second place with a conference leading time of 1:19.59, which places him fourth in the NAIA overall.
Cameron Sorter decided it was his turn to win an event as he came from behind and just narrowly beat a St. Mary runner by four tenths of a second as he finished first in the 800 meter run with a personal best 1:57.30. Levi Swenson was right behind him with his personal best time of 1:58.13 for fourth.
Kyle Wynn was able to pick up two more points for the Panthers as he finished in seventh place with a time of 2:41.44 in the 1000 meter run.
The distance medley relay took fifth place with a time of 11:07.50 and consisted of Steve Lagat (SO/Kapsabet, Kenya), Peyton Horton (JR/Centralia, Mo), Caleb Magner (JR/York, Neb), and Logan Kaliff (FR/York, Neb).
York finished the event the same way they started it, by winning the final running event of the competition. The 4x400 meter relay team of Evans Francis (JR/Omaha, Neb), Price, Sheyi Ajiboye (FR/Houston, Texas), and Held tied the school record as they took first in 3:21.93.
Joseph Ventry (SR/Omaha, Neb) picked up some good points for the Panthers as he placed second in both the high jump and the triple jump. Brandin Fry (SR/West Fork, Ark) placed sixth in both the pole vault and long jump.
Head Coach Justin Carver was very pleased with how the weekend went. "We came into the weekend wanting to turn some heads and make some noise. Not every team is willing to do what this team did. With the scheduling we had to move some guys around and take guys out of races they would have won, just to get more points for the team. They responded extremely well and took first in every sprint. You don't hear of a team that takes the top medal in the the 60, 200, 400, 600, and 800. These guys did that and it makes me proud," said Carver.
For his team's effort and their dominating races Coach Carver was named KCAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.