Spartans Place Third at CAC Championships

Spartans Place Third at CAC Championships

FREDERICK, MD – The York College men’s cross country squad nabbed a third-place team finish at the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Heritage Farm Park in Frederick, Md. The Green and White had a pair of runners collect all-league honors while six Spartans landed in the top-25 of the 79-participant race.

Ryan Janes (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) each put in All-CAC performances as both finished in the top-ten. Janes landed on the all-conference first-team after registering a 27:31.34. The CAC allots the championship race’s first seven positions collect first-team honors as Janes just edged out Mary Washington’s Matt Cash by a mere 33 hundredths of a second to secure the accolade.

Hinkle notched a tenth-place finish as he completed the course in a strong 27:43.26. The senior’s time provided for a second-team All-CAC berth, an accolade he also garnered at last season’s championships.

Matt Provonche (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright), a 2008 All-CAC runner, finished in 18th on this day crossing the line at 28:00.38. Andrew Friesema (Adamstown, Pa./Cocalico) followed just behind Provonche as he took 19th on the day traversing the course in 28:01.47.

The Spartans also took the 24th, 25th, and 26th spots. In just his first CAC Championship, freshman standout Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Saint Joseph) garnered 24th with a time of 28:31.00 Bret Kilefner (Stevens, Pa./Cocalico), another all-league performer last season, finished the race in a 28:34.56 time to take 25th while Patrick Lestrange (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) recorded a 28:36.91.

First place in the meet went to Mary Washington's Frank DeVar who recorded a stellar 25:23.66 as the CAC Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Year outpaced the rest of the field by over a minute and a half. His coach, Stan Soper, was named the league's Coach-of-the-Year, while Salisbury's Stephen Berstler was named teh CAC Rookie-of-the-Year after taking third in the race.

Overall, the Spartans finish behind CAC cross-country powers Mary Washington and Salisbury. York finished the race in a total time of 2:19:47.45 while averaging 27:57.49 as a squad.

The Green and White continue their training regimen in preparation for next Saturday’s NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. The race in Bethelem, Pa. is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start.


York College men's cross country team photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (