The York College track and field team recently swept the MCAC tournament, with wins in many individual events as well as overall victories for both men's and women's teams. In all of the hardware to travel home with the team, one athlete captured the lion's share: Julian Lamatsch took first in two events, second in another, was part of two first place finishes for relays, and was named Outstanding Male Athlete of the conference.
Lamatsch has been participating in track since he was six years old, but this semester was his first as a member of a collegiate team. He came to York College this spring from Ludwigsburg, Germany.
The freshman business administration major has enjoyed his first semester at YC. "The track team is a lot of fun," he says.
He appreciates the team feeling at York, which is very different from the more individualistic and competitive nature of track and field in Germany. "We are all competing for each other and cheering each other on. It's a great feeling."
At the MCAC competition, Lamatsch finished first in the 800m and javelin. His relay team finished first in the 4x100m and 4x400m. He also placed second in the triple jump. He's a multifaceted athlete, with ability to run, throw, and jump, but running is what he likes best. His goal for next year is to shave a few seconds more off of his 800m time and qualify for NAIA nationals in the spring.
Of all the challenges Lamatsch has faced in acclimating to a new culture, new country, and new school where he didn't know anyone, making friends has been the easy part. "I love the people here," he says. "They are really friendly. I have made some great friends."
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