Spartans Finish 2009 with Strong Regional Meet

Spartans Finish 2009 with Strong Regional Meet

BETHLEHEM, PA – The York College men’s cross country team put together a solid showing in their final meet of the season, as the Spartans took 19th out of 45 teams at the 2009 NCAA Mideast Regionals hosted by Lehigh.

York’s top finish came from Ryan Janes (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) who posted a 27:15.8.  The Gaithersburg product took 91st out of 314 total runners as he paced the Green and White.

Senior Jason Hinkle (York, Pa./Eastern York) completes his Spartan career posting a top-100 finish in his final collegiate cross-country race. Hinkle posted a 27:18.9 to come in second within the Spartan ranks.

Junior Andrew Friesema (Adamstown, Pa./Cocalico) put in a solid performance as well, finishing 104th. Friesema turned in a time of 27:25.6 to close out the 2009 campaign.

Fellow junior Matt Provonche (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright) collected a 125th place time for the Green and White, finishing the course in 27:40.7, while rookie Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Saint Joseph) notched 140th in his first NCAA regional race. Childres turned in a 27:47.6 as his first year in a Spartan uniform proved exceptionally promising for the future.

Patrick Lestrange (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) and Paul Wallace (Denver, Pa./Cocalico) rounded out the Spartan competitors. Lestrange completed the race in 28:05.9, taking 151st, while Wallace’s 28:33.2 gave him 173rd.

Despite the loss of current seniors Hinkle and Kevin Snyder (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion), the Spartans are set to return much talent to next year’s squad as the future looks bright for York cross country.



Andrew Friesema photo courtesy of Charlie Covell