ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – In their final regular season meet before the annual Capital Athletic Conference Championships, the York College men's cross country team put together a solid performance Saturday. The Spartans, who registered 117 points, ran to a fifth place overall finish out of 11 teams at the Battle of the Buggy Invitational. Host Elizabethtown took first overall with 27 points while CAC foe Salisbury took second with 46.
As has been the theme for the Green and White in 2010, freshman standout Tim Hartung led the Spartan squad. Out of 125 runners, the talented rookie notched an outstanding 12th-place finish traversing the 6,000-meter course in 19:49. Hartung's final time averaged out to a pace of 5:19 minutes per mile.
Sophomore Steven Childres, another promising and talented youngster, finished second on the day for the Spartans. Childres posted a 20:16 at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds course, notching a 20th-place time.
Andrew Friesema collected a 32nd-place finish Saturday morning, finishing third in the Spartan lineup. Friesema totaled a 20:44 for the 6,000 meters.
Freshman Matt Smith ran to a fourth-place time for the Green and White. Smith, who finished 49th overall, put together an exceptionally solid race and crossed the line at 21:46.
Craig Eppler and Joe Corrigan, both newcomers this year to the Spartan program, came 53rd and 54th, respectively. Eppler registered a 21:46 while Corrigan came in five seconds later at 21:51.
Paul Glassmoyer put on possibly his best performance of the year. The Spartan rookie traversed the course in 22:33, finishing 72nd overall.
York returns to action on Saturday, November 6, for the CAC Championships. The Green and White travel to Salisbury, Md. to take on the rest of the conference at the Winterplace Park course as race time is set for 11:00 am.
Tim Hartung photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com