Johnson City, Tenn. - Mason Held (SO/West Fork, Ark) and Dean Simon (SO/Hudson, Fla) capped off a successful indoor track and field season as they became the newest NAIA All-Americans for York College. Held took fifth place in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:19.70, while Simon finished in sixth place in the 60 meter dash. The time of 6.84 seconds is the fastest in school history. Head coach Justin Carver was very pleased with their performance, "Mason and Dean are both great young men and their All-American title is due to hard work and perseverance. Both guys came in last year, [Dean] got injured and [Mason] finished 10th in the 400 meter dash. They both came back and took care of business this year,"he commented.
Joseph Ventry (SR/Omaha, Neb) also competed well for the Panthers as his school record jump of 46'4" in the triple jump placed him 12th overall. He also placed 11th in the high jump as he cleared 6'7"
The men's 4x400 meter relay just missed the finals finishing in 11th place with a new school record of 3:19.56. The team consisted of Evans Francis (JR/Omaha, Neb), Carter Price (FR/Rapid City, South Dakota), Peyton Horton (JR/Centralia, Mo), and Mason Held.
Carver finished his comments with "I'm extremely proud of our team. We had five events in finish top 12 in the nation."
With the indoor season finished the team will take a couple weeks to recover and adjust to the outdoor season. York's fist outdoor competition is scheduled for April 1, at the Hastings Invitational in Hastings, Nebraska.