Spartans Hang Together in Season Opener at Shippensburg

Photo Courtesy of Pete LoBianco
Photo Courtesy of Pete LoBianco

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The York College men's cross country squad opened their 2017 campaign in workmanlike fashion as the Spartans finished sixth at the Piper XC Challenge on Friday night at Shippensburg University.

The Spartans put together an impressive display of pack running on Friday night as they had a pair of deep packs finish in the race.

Top Spartan Performers

• The first Spartan pack featured eight straight runners to cross the finish line from 39th to 46th. Freshman Jake O'Neill was the first Spartan to cross the line in a time of 20:51. He was followed by 20:51 by fellow freshman Drew Alansky, senior Alex Smith, and junior Ben Linne. The next four Spartans all finished with a time of 20:52 as junior Matthew Zubrycki, senior Grant Dell, senior Andrew Erickson, and Andy MacGibbon crossed the line in that order in the 6K race.

• York's next pack was a little more spread out starting with junior Ray Smith finishing the race with a time of 21:12. He was followed by Kieran White at 21:24, Tim Moore at 21:25, Charles Wood at 21:26 and Daniel Forry at 21:38.

• The Spartans had 13 runners finish in the top 65 of the race. There were 108 participants in the season-opening event.

He Said It

"I thought tonight was a really good starting point for us," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "A lot of the team was able to work together and it is always good to have guys close together gauging off each other in races. Long term, I want to see us pushing each other more and we will continue to build off of this performance."

Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, September 16 when they travel the D2/D3 Invitational hosted by Kutztown University. The action is slated for a 10:00 am start.