DALLAS, PA – The York College men's cross country squad kicked off their 2014 season with a first place finish at the Misericordia Invitational on Friday night in Dallas, Pa.
The Spartans won the event with 40 points, easing past host Misericordia by five points.
The Green and White had their top five runners all post top-ten finishes to earn the victory. Senior Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was the first Spartan to cross the line as he placed sixth with a time of 17:32.17 at the 5K course.
Freshman Grant Dell (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) made his Spartan debut a memorable one as he finished seventh, just over four seconds behind Stetson. Sophomore Matt Hayes (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) finished eighth overall with a time of 17:37.95, just over a second and a half behind Dell.
Sophomore James Gonzales (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk) continued the pack finish for the Spartans as he crossed the line ninth with a time of 17:38.43. Freshman Ryan Aug (Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick) closed out the Spartan scorers as he placed tenth with a time of 17:39.24.
The top five Spartan scorers crossed the line in a span of just over seven seconds.
Freshman Andy MacGibbon (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) completed the top pack for the Spartans, as he placed 11th with a time of 17:41.28. Fellow freshman Alex Smith (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) rounded out York's top seven finishers, as he placed 18th with a time of 17:57.79.
Head coach Stephen LoBianco was pleased with the performance of his squad.
"We did a good job of running as a pack throughout the whole race," said the Spartan mentor. "The freshmen were able to draw valuable experience from their first collegiate race. I am very excited to have such a close pack of guys together this early in the season. It's a good way to start the season."
The Spartans return to action next Friday night when they travel to the Galen Piper Cross Country Challenge hosted by Shippensburg University. The meet is slated for an 8:00 pm start under the lights in Shippensburg, Pa.