YORK, PA – The York College women's cross country squad opens their season with high expectations after a stellar 2012 season. It was a season that saw the Spartans come as close to winning a conference championship as they ever have and also a season of outstanding individual performances.
The Spartans, under first year head coach Stephen LoBianco, are primed for a great year after finishing second at last year's Capital Athletic Conference championships.
York is led by the dynamic duo of Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) and Caroline DeLany (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora). They led the Spartans to their strong CAC finish as Miller placed third and DeLany finished fourth, just four tenths of a second apart.
"Jess is one of the best runners in the conference and Caroline is right behind her," says LoBianco. "We are fortunate to have two kids as talented as they are to lead us. Jess really blossomed during outdoor training. She is willing to put in the work and she really wants to win. Caroline was very strong during indoor before getting hurt last spring. She was our top finisher at regionals last year. I expect big things out of these two."
LoBianco looks to a group of five other runners to round out his top five. Senior Rachel Berninger (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine), junior Emily Abell (Timonium, Md./Dulaney), sophomores Jenna Roberts (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and Stephanie Bower (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) along with freshman Kasey Fogelsanger (Owings Mills, Md./Mercy) provide LoBianco with good depth.
"I am really expecting a few of those five kids to step up their performances and become key scorers for us. They have all put in the work and have taken to the training so it will be interesting to see who pushes forward," states LoBianco. "It's all about getting the smallest possible spread and we working on closing that gap each and every day."
LoBianco believes he has a good squad on his hands.
"I think we have potential but we will only go as far as the second half of our lineup will carry us. I think we can challenge for the conference championship but we will have to continue to improve each and every day."
The Spartans open up the season on Saturday, August 31 when they travel to Lehigh University. The Green and White will make the squad's lone home appearance on Saturday, September 14 at the Rich Achtzehn Classic at John Rudy Park in York.