Spartan Men Run Well to Finish Second at CAC Championships

Photo courtesy of Pete LoBianco
Photo courtesy of Pete LoBianco

NEWPORT NEWS, VA- The York College men's cross country team put together a very strong performance en route to a second place finish at the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Championship meet hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

The Spartans finished with 58 points as they were runner up to team champion Christopher Newport. The Captains, who are ranked 11th in the nation, finished with just 27 points as all five of their scorers finished inside the top 11 of the race. York is ranked 22nd in the nation in the most recent poll.


2017 Championship Team Results

1. Christopher Newport – 27 points

2. York (Pa.) – 58 points

3. Salisbury – 83 points

4. Mary Washington – 88 points

5. Southern Virginia – 128 points

6. Frostburg State – 167 points

7. St. Mary's (Md.) – 233 points

8. Wesley – 249 points

9. PSU Harrisburg – 267 points


Top Spartan Performers

• The Spartans were paced by the trio of Alex Smith, Grant Dell, and Andy MacGibbon all finished in the top nine to earn All-CAC honors.

• Smith was York's top finisher as the senior placed sixth with a time of 25:31.8. The sixth place finish gives him his second first-team All-CAC finish after being a second-team finisher as a junior. Smith finished fifth as a sophomore and 14th as a junior as he is now a three-time All-CAC performer.

• Dell was right behind Smith as he placed seventh with a time of 25:36.6. Dell ends his illustrious Spartan career as a four-time first-team All-CAC honoree. Dell finished eighth as a freshman, second as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and now seventh as a senior.

• MacGibbon is another one of York's senior standouts as he concludes his career as a four-time All-CAC honoree. MacGibbon, who finished ninth with a time of 25:43.6, again narrowly missed out on the top eight first-team finish. MacGibbon has finished 16th (freshman year), 13th (sophomore year), and ninth twice during his stellar Spartan career.

• Junior Ben Linne was York's fourth finisher as he placed 19th with a time of 26:18.6. He finished 18.1 seconds out of a top 15 conference finish.

• Freshman Jake O'Neill made his CAC debut a strong one as he finished 22nd in his first conference championship. O'Neill clocked in with a time of 26:35.0 to be York's top freshman finisher.

• Fellow freshman Drew Alansky led a pack of three Spartans who finished 24th, 25th and 26th. Alansky crossed the line in a time of 26:40.5 to finish 24th. Senior Andrew Erickson earned the 25th place finish as he was just 0.1 second back of Alansky while Kieran White was 26th with a time of 26:41.7. Overall, the Spartans placed eight runners in the top 26 of the 129 runner field.


He Said It

"I was really happy to see the men mix it up with one of the top teams in the country in CNU," said Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco. "We did better than we did last year at the championships which is a great improvement for our guys. Alex took a calculated risk and got out of the gate hard and then was able to hold on to lead our team. Grant and Andy worked well together to earn the All-CAC finish. Ben and Jake also worked well together to round out our top five. It was a good championship meet for the guys."


Up Next

The Spartans head to the Mideast Regionals hosted by Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA on Saturday, November 11. The Spartans will look to improve on last year's fourth place finish at the regional championship.