YORK, PA-The York College men’s cross country team hosted the 2007 Capital Athletic Conference championships and the green and white finished third of six teams at John Rudy Park in York. Salisbury University captured the men’s championship with 26 points, edging Mary Washington as the Eagles placed second with 33 points. York accumulated 84 points while Hood placed fourth with 117 points. Wesley College (146 points) and Marymount (161 points) rounded out the field. Villa Julie had just three runners participate as they did not register a team score. The championship race featured 68 participants.
The Spartans were paced by junior Jesse Jaeger (Kingsville, Md./Perry Hall) as he recorded his first career first-team All-CAC finish as he placed seventh with a time of 27:07.16. That finish was less than five seconds back of CAC Rookie of the Year Chris Barnard from Salisbury. Jaeger finished 11th and earned the Rookie of the Year award at the 2005 championships and followed that with another second-team finish as he placed ninth last fall.
Senior Luke Fernandez (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) was the Spartans’ next finisher as he placed 16th, just missing out on a second-team selection by one place finish. Fernandez notched a time of 28:02.84, 4.03 seconds away from earning the All-CAC honor.
Freshman Matt Provonche (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright) was the third Spartan to cross the finish line as he placed 24th with a time of 28:47.64. Fellow freshman Justin Severini (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown) finished 26th as he posted a time of 28:58.52 in his first CAC championship meet.
A trio of Spartans, junior Adam Bean (Pottstown, Pa./St. Pius X), freshman Paul Wallace (Denver, Pa./Cocalico), and freshman Andrew Friesma (Adamstown, Pa./Cocalico), finished with top 35 finishes. Bean placed 32nd with a time of 29:05.52 while Wallace finished 34th with a time of 29:08.95. Friesma notched a 35th place finish, crossing the line in a time of 29:10.53.
The Spartans will take a selected group of athletes to perform at the NCAA Mid-East Regionals on Saturday, November 10.