Spartan Women Finish Third at CAC Championships

Spartan Women Finish Third at CAC Championships

FREDERICK, MD – The York College women’s cross country squad finished in third place at the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Championships Saturday afternoon in Frederick, Md. York had a trio of Spartans garner top-20 finishes on the day.

In her final CAC Championship meet, senior standout Melody Parshall (Dover, Pa./Homeschooled) collected her third all-conference accolade as she landed on the second-team after taking ninth place. Parshall traversed the Heritage Farm Park course in a time of 25:36.08. The 2007 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year, Parshall nabbed first team accolades in each of first two years in the Green and White, before finishing just two spots out of the first-team this season.

Sophomore Corie Thompson (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), the 2008 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year, nabbed her second consecutive second-team all-league honor at Saturday’s meet. Thompson came in 15th on the day, crossing the finish line at 26:14.05 to capture the final all-league place.

Tuesday Wilson (York, Pa./Eastern York), in just her first conference championships, finished only one spot out of the all-conference accolades. Wilson secured 16th for the Green and White running a 26:18.54.

Claudia Hess (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) finished in 21st for the Green and White, crossing the line at 26:56.25. Rebecca Sandrik (Dallastown, Pa./University) also collected a top-25 showing as she took 24th with a time of 27:16.99.

For the CAC Championships, Salisbury garnered first place as a team while Mary Washington came in a close second. UMW’s Sarah Dawes was named CAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Year after winning today’s race in a time of 24:12.79, besting second place by over 30 seconds. Salisbury head coach Jim Jones collects CAC Coach-of-the-Year honors while Jessie Early captures the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year award after taking 12th at 25:50.51.

The Spartans resume competition next Saturday as the Green and White travel to Bethlehem, Pa. for the NCAA Mideast Regionals. Meet time is set for 11:00 am.


Melody Parshall photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (