2008 All-CAC Runner Junior
2009 York College Men's Cross Country
2009 York College Men’s Cross Country
Spartan CoaChing Staff Head Coach
Rich Achtzehn 37th Season at York College Rich Achtzehn has been involved in Spartan athletics for the last 36 years. He has served as an assistant professor in education and sport management, the Spartan wrestling coach, and the Spartan track & field coach in addition to his duties with the cross country squads. He is now in his 20th season at the helm of the cross country program as the program continues to climb up the ladder of the Capital Athletic Conference. Achtzehn’s teams consistently compete for individual titles as the men’s program has an overall record of 258-169-1, while the women’s program has compiled a record of 80-80. Achtzehn’s teams at York College have never been strangers to success as he led the wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the NAIA team championships and four other top 20 finishes. He also led the Spartan track & field team to two CAC titles and twice earned CAC Coach-of-the-Year honors. Achtzehn resides in Dallastown, Pa., with his wife, Terry. Assistant Coach
Mike Jackson Third Season Mike Jackson enters his third season on Achtzehn’s staff. Jackson brings a wealth of experience that will serve to benefit York’s cross country athletes. As a member of the York College track team from 1991-1994, Jackson established records in the 4x400 relay and the 400m hurdles, which he still holds. Jackson also won three Capital Athletic Conference Championships. After college Jackson continued his running career, winning numerous titles in the State Games of America in 2001 and 2003. Most recently he earned the 2007 USATF National Master’s Championship in 110m hurdles. Jackson is a 1995 graduate of York College where he earned his B.S. in secondary education-mathematics. He later went on to earn his master’s of education in teaching and curriculum from Penn State University. Now a middle school mathematics teacher at York Suburban, he also serves as the head middle school track coach.
Erick Camodeca Second Season Erick Camodeca begins his second season on staff with York’s cross country program. Camodeca, York’s men’s track & field head coach, will assist Achtzehn in various aspects of the program with a focus on recruiting. A 2006 graduate of Goucher College, Camodeca served his alma mater as an assistant to both the cross country and track teams. Camodeca has also received Level 1 Certification as appropriated by the United States Track & Field Association. Camodeca had a highly successful collegiate career. He was part of the recording-setting 400m relay team, until a new school-best was established by the 400m relay team under his tutelage in 2007. Camodeca earned first-team All-CAC honors in 2004 for his efforts in the 400m relay. He also scored in eight of 13 total events at the Capital Athletic Conference championship during his career.
Jesse Jaeger First Season Jesse Jaeger begins his first season on the cross country staff after completing an outstanding career with the Spartan squad. An exceptionally talented runner, Jaeger was a three-time all-conference performer including capturing Rookie-of-the-Year accolades in 2005. He also garnered league honors in track & field in the steeplechase during the 2008 CAC Championships. In 2009, Jaeger brings his wealth of experience to the Spartan squad as he will look to help the Green and White ascend the Capital Athletic Conference ladder. His combination of an excellent collegiate career combined with a knowledge of the Spartan system should bode well for Jaeger as he enters the coaching ranks.
Opportunity. At the beginning of each season, every team has one thing in common: opportunity. And that holds true for the 2009 edition of the York College men’s cross country team. The Green and White hold an opportunity to become one of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference during the 2009 campaign as they sport a squad full of exceptional runners. Following six consecutive seasons of finishing in third place at the annual CAC Championships, the Spartans are primed to push Salisbury and Mary Washington, teams who have had a stronghold on the league since its inception in 1991. “We have a great group of student-athletes,” Spartan head coach Rich Achtzehn said. “We really like our potential this season. If we put the work in and get better everyday, I believe that we have a shot to do some fantastic things in 2009.” Despite the departure of three-time all-conference runner Jesse Jaeger, who has since become an assistant with the Spartans, Achtzehn believes that this year’s squad has in fact the most talented and deep roster in recent seasons. “Up and down the lineup we have good runners,” Achtzehn said. “Obviously they have to prove it on race day, but I like where we are at this point.” Headlining that talented and deep roster are a trio of 2008 all-conference performers. Senior Jason Hinkle, junior Bret Kilefner, and junior Matt Provonche each garnered second-team All-CAC accolades at last year’s CAC Championships. Each of the three posted exceptional campaigns last year and will strive for even better seasons in 2009. “Hinkle, Kilefner, and Provonche are very talented, quality runners,” Achtzehn commented on his top three returners. “They are able to combine that talent with plenty of collegiate experience which will make each of them very dangerous come conference championships in November.” Joining Hinkle, Kilefner, and Provonche within the ranks of York’s returning lettermen are Andrew Friesema, Paul Wallace, Patrick Lestrange, Joe Paraszczuk, Javier Skwara, Justing Severini, Kevin Snyder, and Matt Stripe. Each of York’s retuners will look to step up this year in an effort to move the entire squad in the right direction. “We believe that all of our returners have the opportunity to perform well this season,” Achtzehn said. “Friesema, Wallace, and Lestrange are exceptional workers who have demonstrated, through last season’s performances, that they could be ready to seriously challenge for all-conference honors. Paraszczuk, Skwara, Severini, Snyder, and Stripe have each made quality strides during their respective careers and will look to break into the upper portion of our squad this season.” Achtzehn is extremely pleased with York’s newcomers in the 2009 season and believes that they could make an immediate impact on the collegiate level. The Spartans list six rookie cross country runners while they come with impressive resumes. Steven Childres is primed to be the top newcomer to the Green and White as he possesses the talent post top finishes right away. Childres, who hails from Mount Saint Joseph High School in Maryland, has incredible potential that could result in big things throughout his collegiate career. Ryan Janes, Steven Andrews, Greg Bivona, Tyler Quill, and Darine Howze will also seek to contribute to the Spartan effort in just their first cross country season at York. “This is the best group of newcomers we have had in several years,” Achtzehn raved. “Within this group we have runners who will be able to challenge for top finishes immediately while we also have runners who will continue to get better and better as the years progress. They give us great reason to be excited about this season and the future of our program.” As the Spartans embark on the 2009 season, plenty of opportunity abounds given their talented and deep roster. As long as the Green and White come together as a team early in the year, improve day-byday throughout, and hit their peak at just the right time, the men’s cross country squad could post one of their best seasons in York College history. “We are expecting quality results all throughout the year,” Achtzehn said. “If we put in the time and work, there is no reason why we should not able to compete with Salisbury and Mary Washington at the end of the year. I am very excited about this year’s team.” The Spartans begin their opportunity-filled 2009 campaign on Saturday, September 12, as they travel to Westminster, Md., for the McDaniel College Green Terror Challenge at 10:30 a.m.
2009 York College Men’s Cross Country
2009 Spartan Men'S CroSS Country preview
2009 Spartan Men’s Cross Country Schedule Date
@ McDaniel Green Terror Challenge
York Invitational I
York Invitational II
@ Albright Invitational
@ Goucher Classic
@ Hood Open
@ Goucher Dual Meet
CAC Championships @ Frederick, MD
NCAA Mideast Regionals @ Bethlehem, PA
All-Time All-CAC Performers 1991: Chris Woletz, Christian White 1992: Matt Kercher, John Schlosser 1993: Chris Woletz, Chris Young 1994: Chris Young 1995: Chris Young 1996: Stephan Kochansky 1997: Steve Schilling 1998: Stephan Kochansky, Brian Green, George Livingston 1999: Tom Gentzler 2000: Tom Gentzler, Ryan Bayne, Jason Cook 2001: Jason Cook 2002: Mike Lentricchia 2003: Dan Morick (Rookie-of-the-Year) 2004: Dan Morick, Kevin Laughman 2005: Jesse Jaeger (Rookie-of-the-Year), Matt Apol, John Callegari, Kevin Laughman 2006: Jesse Jaeger 2007: Jesse Jaeger 2008: Jason Hinkle, Bret Kilefner, Matt Provonche
2008 All-CAC Runner Senior Jason Hinkle
2008 All-CAC Runner Junior Bret Kilefner
York College 2009 Men's Cross Country Brochure