Men's Cross Country CAC Championship Preview

Photo courtesy of Pete LoBianco
Photo courtesy of Pete LoBianco

YORK, PA – The York College men's cross country team travels to Buena Vista, Virginia to participate in the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Southern Virginia University on Saturday. The championships will be held at the Vista Links Golf Course.

The Spartans finished second at last year's championships with 58 points as they placed three runners on the two All-CAC squads. The Green and White went on to finish fourth at the Mid-East Regionals and then make their first trip to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

Head coach Stephen LoBianco had to replace those three All-CAC runners from last year but that process has gone smoothly as York enters the championship with a strong core of runners who have given a number of solid performance through the fall.

The Spartans earned a team win at the Lock Haven Invitational in late September. York's final tune-up came on October 13 as the Spartans traveled to the Inter-Regional Border Battle where they finished 14th in a loaded 42-team field.

The Spartans enter the championships ranked seventh in the region.

York will depend on seniors Ray Smith, Matt Zubrycki, and Ben Linne, sophomore Jake O'Neill, and freshman Justin Smyth.

Smith had a big day in leading York to the title at Lock Haven as he finished third overall in the race with a time of 25:48.1. The third place finish was his highest career finish. Smith was also York's top finisher at the Rowan Border Battle.

Linne finished 19th last year at the CAC Championships while O'Neill placed 22nd. Linne is York's top returning regional finisher as he placed 48th at the Mid-East Regionals. Linne, Drew Alansky, and O'Neill all competed for York at the NCAA Division III Championships last fall.

"Our goal is to be very competitive in the team race," says LoBianco. "The key this year will be our split one through five. During the year, that split was pretty good and we are looking to keep that one through five as close as possible. I am really proud of these guys today, we knew we had to step up a little bit to try to win, and then embraced the challenge and came together as a team to do it."

The Spartans have won three CAC Championships (2011, 2012, 2013) while the have also accumulated three second place finishes (2015, 2016, 2017).


Spartan Post Season Accolades (All-Time All-CAC Finishers)