Spartans Prepare for 2017 Regional Championships

Photos courtesy of Pete LoBianco
Photos courtesy of Pete LoBianco

YORK, PA – The York College men's and women's cross country teams, fresh off successful performances at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships, will now set their sights on the 2017 Mid-East Regional championship meet hosted by Big Spring High School in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday.

At last week's CAC Championships, the women's squad captured their second consecutive conference title, and second in program history, by nine points over Salisbury in Newport News, Va. The men took second, with 58 points, behind just 11th-ranked Christopher Newport. The Spartan teams combined to place seven runners in the top 10.

 

WOMEN

2016 Mid-East Regional finish: 9th

2017 CAC Championships finish: 1st

Jess DelViscio leads four Spartans that finished inside the top 10 at last week's CAC Championships. The junior was third, marking the third time she has reached the All-CAC first team. DelViscio was the top York runner at the Mid-East Regional last year, finishing 37th, just two spots out of an All-Region place.

• Sophomore Kristi Wandzilak and junior Alayna De Bruin are both two-time All-CAC selections, and finished sixth and 10th this year, respectively. Both were top-80 runners at the 2016 Mid-East Regional, taking 73rd and 80th, respectively.

Rachel Banchiere, another sophomore, garnered her first All-CAC attention thanks to her ninth-place finish last week at Newport News. Banchiere has enjoyed a breakout season, which includes a 33rd- and 76th-place finish at the DeSales Invitational and the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University, respectively.

Emily Davis, Oriana Howell and Steph Becker were all top-30 runners at the CAC Championships, notching 23rd, 27th and 28th-place finishes to round out the Spartan Mid-East Regional lineup.

 

MEN

2016 Mid-East Regional finish: 4th (program best)

2016 All-Region returners: Grant Dell, Ben Linne, Alex Smith, Andy MacGibbon

2017 CAC Championships finish: 2nd

• The Spartans are led by three All-CAC runners by finishing in the top nine of last week's CAC Championships. Alex Smith, now a two-time All-CAC first teamer after finishing sixth, took 29th a year ago at the Mid-East Regional, good for an All-Region mention.

Grant Dell crossed the line 19th at last year's Mid-East Regional, the top Spartan in the event. Dell has enjoyed another outstanding season, finishing seventh last week to garner first-team All-CAC honors for the fourth time in his illustrious career.

• Now a four-time All-CAC runner, Andy MacGibbon placed ninth at CAC's last week. He also was an All-Region pick, finishing 32nd at the 2016 Mid-East Regionals. The fourth Spartan with an All-Region background is Ben Linne, who was 26th last season. Linne finished 19th at CAC's a week ago.

• Freshmen Jake O'Neill and Drew Alansky, along with senior Andrew Erickson finished 22nd, 24th and 25th, respectively, at last week's CAC championships and will round out the Spartans' seven-man squad for Regionals. All three of them will be running in their first Mid-East Regional as the Spartans look to match last year's fourth-place finish, the best in school history.

 

 

LIVE RESULTS (Courtesy of Dickinson College)

 

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