York Cross Country Looking to NCAA Regionals
YORK, Pa. – The York College men's and women's cross country teams will look to continue their momentum from two weeks ago, at the CAC Championships, in the NCAA Mideast Regional race. The meet is hosted by Lehigh University, with the Women's race at 11 a.m. and the men's race at 12:30 p.m.
The women enter the NCAA Regional meet with one of their best seasons in school history. After taking second in the CAC Championships, York is aiming for a top 10 regional finish in their 6k race. The Spartans are looking forward to some quality cross country weather on the Lehigh course Saturday. When the Spartan women traveled to the Paul Short Invitational on October 5th, their race was canceled due to extreme heat concerns.
York will look to Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa. / Bishop McDevitt) and junior Caroline DeLany (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora) to place in the top 35 and earn All-Region honors. Last year York placed 13th in the region with DeLany and Miller leading the Spartans with a 46th and 53rd finish, respectively.
Coach LoBianco on the potential for the team, "We head into regionals after our best conference showing as individuals and as a team in recent years. The goal for the women is to break into the top 10 in the region. The potential for Jess and Caroline to go all-region is very good. Jenna Roberts (Stewartstown, Pa. / Kennard-Dale) can definitely place in the top 50 with a shot at all-region with a solid effort."
The men are looking to put together a top performance to help York improve on its 10th ranked position in the regional poll. York is coming off its third straight CAC Championship title and looking to turn that into some regional recognition. York will carry the CAC banner into the Mideast Regional at they famed Lehigh course in their 8k race. The team has familiarity with the course as they raced on Lehigh's cross country course on October 5th at the Paul Short Invitational (story here).
York will look to senior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa. / Governor Mifflin) to continue his season of dominance, to help propel the Spartans to a top 10 finish. Last year York placed 7th at the regional meet, with Hartung taking 9th overall.
Coach LoBianco's plan for the meet is, "We have to rely on the pack mentality. Tim will be relied on to be a front runner and give us a single digit finish, while the rest of the guys need to be as close as possible to him and in the top 50 individuals. The goal for any of my guys 2-7 on the team is to be all-region."