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Smith and Dell Lead Spartans to Fourth Place Regional Finish

Photos courtesy of Pete LoBianco
Photos courtesy of Pete LoBianco

CARLISLE, PA – The York College men's cross country team put together a strong showing at the loaded NCAA Mideast Regional championship hosted by Dickinson College on Saturday in Carlisle, Pa.

The Spartans matched their showing from last year as they placed fourth with a team score of 196. Haverford won the event with a score of 25 as they placed four runners in the top nine finishers. Carnegie Mellon was second with 96 points followed by Johns Hopkins at 103.

The Spartans had two all-regional finishers as senior Alex Smith placed 17th and fellow senior Grant Dell placed 24th for the Green and White.


Top Five Teams (51 Teams Participating)

1. Haverford – 25 points

2. Carnegie Mellon – 96 points

3. Johns Hopkins – 103 points

4. York – 196 points

5. Dickinson – 249 points


Top Spartan Performers

• Senior Alex Smith led the Spartans as he finished the race 17th with a time of 25:45.0. He was less than eight seconds back of a top 15 finish. Smith is now a two-time All-Regional performer after he finished 29th last season.

• Senior Grant Dell earned his second All-Region honor as he placed 24th with a time of 25:49.9. He was less than two seconds back of a top 20 finish. Dell placed 19th last fall at the championships.

• Senior Andy MacGibbon was the next Spartan to cross the line as he placed 43rd with a time of 26:12.2. That time left him 17 seconds out of an All-Region finish.

• Junior Ben Linne finished five spots back of MacGibbon in 48th place with a time of 26:18.0. Senior Andrew Erickson rounded out the Spartans' top five as he placed 64th with a time of 26:45.6.

• Freshmen tandem Jake O'Neill and Drew Alansky rounded out York's regional participants. O'Neill placed 80th with a time of 26:57.2 while Alansky finished 89th with a time of 27:02.7.


Regional Notes:

The Spartans finished fourth at the regionals for the second year in a row … The Spartans will now wait to see if they earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships in Illinois next weekend … the bids will be announced on Sunday afternoon … York narrowly missed the championships last year and are hopefully of a bid … York has had finished 14th, 10th, 4th and 4th the last four years at regionals … there were 365 runners at the meet on Saturday.


Up Next:

The Spartans will now wait to hear their NCAA fate. Please check back at on Sunday afternoon for the latest information regarding the Spartan men's cross country team.