SALISBURY, Md. – The York College women's cross
country squad competed Saturday at the Don Cathcart Invitational
hosted by Salisbury University. The Spartans took 11th out of the
18 scoring teams, registering 256 points. Meet-winner East
Stroudsburg collected just 52 points on the day.
Racing at the site of the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Championships, the Spartans – as well as a majority of CAC schools – got a first-hand look at the Winterplace Park course.
Mandy Parshall posted York's best time of the meet as she completed the 5,000-meter course in 23:22. Out of the 175 participants, Parshall finished 29th overall.
Melody Parshall and Corie Thompson finished second and third for the Green and White, notching 51st- and 57th-place finishes, respectively. Parshall traversed the course in 24:22 while Thompson crossed the line at 24:37.
Sophomore Tuesday Wilson finished the race in 24:52, taking 64th for the Spartans.
York's second group of finishers also put in quality performances as they continue to build for the league championships on November 6. Spartan newcomer Nicole Danielewicz placed 73rd with a time of 25:00 while Laura Colantuono, who has continued to improve throughout the season, placed 90th with a 25:40. Chelsea McCracken's 25:55 was good for 94th. Heather Schaeffer posted a 26:14 while Amy Stickle finished with a 26:22. Abby Pellar, who has been sidelined during the early part of the year, recorded a strong 26:30 in her first time out this season.
"Overall, I am happy with where our women finished today," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "But more than that, I am extremely pleased with how our second group is really starting to step up. Danielewicz and Colantuono in particular ran great races today. The group's performance today should definitely give them increased confidence."
York will look to continue to boost that confidence on Saturday, October 9. The Spartans travel to Goucher next week for the Goucher College Classic at 10:00 am.
Laura Colantuono (left), Heather Schaeffer (middle), and Nicole Danielewicz (right) photo courtesy of Charlie Covell