October 5, 2013

Spartan Men Perform Well at Paul Short Invitational

BETHLEHEM, PA – The York College men's cross country squad finished a solid 19th out of 46 teams at the Paul Short Invitational on a brutally hot and humid early October Saturday in Bethlehem, PA. The Spartans competed in the Brown Division race, which consisted of Division I, II, and selected Division III squads.

York finished with 588 points as Princeton won the race with 94 points while Albany finished second with 133 points.

Senior standout Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) put together another great race as he finished 10th out of 372 competitors. Hartung crossed the line in a time of 25:43. Hartung was 39 seconds back of individual champion Khari Bowen from Division I Monmouth University. Hartung was the second highest Division III finisher, placing 17 seconds back of Moravian's Dillon Farrell. Hartung recorded an average mile of 5:11.

Freshman Matt Hayes (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) was York's next finisher, as he placed 113th with a time of 27:11, clocking an average mile of 5:29. Junior Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) finished 149th with a time of 27:32 while fellow junior Wil Murray (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) was close behind with a time of 27:35, good for 154th. Junior Connor Simpson (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent) was just three second back of Murray as he notched a time of 27:38 as he placed 162nd.

Senior Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa./Northampton) raced in his hometown and finished the tight Spartan pack with a time of 27:49, which placed him in 182nd place. Junior Andrew Ward (Oxford, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) was York's final scorer with a 214th place finish at 28:18.

Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco was happy with the performance of his squad.

"Overall I am very happy with the effort of the guys today. We stepped up against some regionally ranked Division III schools and a few good Division II schools. A good day in less than ideal running conditions."

The conditions were so bad the Spartan women didn't get to compete as the White Division of the race was cancelled because the heat and humidity were so high.

The Spartans are off next Saturday and return to action on October 19 when they travel to the Christopher Newport Invitational in Newport News, VA.

Spartan photo courtesy of Seth Nenstiel