2017 Season Review - Cross Country

2017 Season Review - Cross Country

MEN

Capital Athletic Conference Championship Finish: 2nd of 9 teams

NCAA Mideast Regional Finish: 4th of 51

NCAA Division III National Championship Finish: 30th of 32

Head Coach: Stephen LoBianco

WOMEN

Capital Athletic Conference Championship Finish: 1st of 10 teams

NCAA Mideast Regional Finish: 14th of 49

Head Coach: Stephen LoBianco

The York College men's and women's cross country teams both enjoyed terrific seasons, capturing some outstanding accomplishments. The men qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in school history after their fourth-place finish at the Mideast Regional, while the women defended their Capital Athletic Conference title with another crown, their second all-time.

The men's team really started to round into form in October, beginning with the DeSales Invitational, where the Spartans took second out of 28 teams. A week later, York was inside the top three again, finishing third of 28 teams at the Inter Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan University. Following the event at Rowan, the Spartans made their first appearance as a nationally-ranked squad, jumping to No. 22 in the National Coaches Poll.

York comfortably took second at the CAC Championships as Alex Smith, Grant Dell and Andy MacGibbon all finished in the top nine to earn All-CAC honors. That result clinched a spot at the NCAA Mideast Regional, where the Spartans excelled once again. For the second straight year, York took fourth at the Regional and earned an at-large bid for Nationals. At its first appearance in school history, the Spartans battled to a 30th-place finish against Division III's best teams.

"This year was something the seniors have been working towards since freshmen year," head coach Stephen LoBianco said. "The team qualifying for Nationals is the culmination of thousands of miles run and workouts done and we hope this sets a new precedent for the program for years to come and inspires the returners for next year."

The women's team returned just three runners of their top six from last year's CAC championship team, and struggled early. Just two weeks after finishing 12th at the Inter Regional Border Battle, York edged Salisbury for its second consecutive CAC crown. Jess DelViscio led the Spartans with a third-place finish, while four York runners finished in the top 10.

"This year showed the determination of the women's team to remain a top team within the CAC," LoBianco said. "The women fought through the season and really came together. Seeing them pull together and really work together in workouts and in races was something amazing."

York finished the season with a 14th-place finish out of 49 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional.

"With returning eight of our top 10 next year, we will look to keep building this program," LoBianco added.

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Spartans Place Four Women in CAC Top 10: Jess DelViscio, Kristi Wandzilak, Rachel Banchiere and Alayna De Bruin all finished in the top 10 at the CAC Championships, helping the Spartans to their second consecutive title while earning All-CAC status. DelViscio finished third, Wandzilak was sixth, Banchiere ninth and De Bruin 10th.

Two Men Earn All-Region Status: Out of 365 runners at the NCAA Mideast Regional, two Spartans finished in the top 24, an outstanding effort that led to an at-large bid for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Seniors Alex Smith and Grant Dell finished 17th and 24th, respectively.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Men

All-Mideast Region

Alex Smith, Grant Dell 

All-Capital Athletic Conference

First Team: Grant Dell, Alex Smith

Second Team: Andy MacGibbon

Capital Athletic Conference Runner of the Week

October 10: Grant Dell

October 18: Alex Smith

Women

All-Capital Athletic Conference

First Team: Jess DelViscio, Kristi Wandzilak

Second Team: Rachel Banchiere, Alayna De Bruin

Coach of the Year: Stephen LoBianco

Capital Athletic Conference Runner of the Week

October 10: Jess DelViscio

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