SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The York College men's cross country team opened their season with a trip to run under the lights at the 9th Annual Galen Piper Cross Country Invitational on Friday night in Shippensburg, PA.
The Spartans finished fifth of six teams with 109 points. However, the Spartans ran according to plan to start the season.
Top Spartan Performers
• The Spartans had a five runner pack lead the way in the event. Senior Matt Zubrycki led the way for York as he finished 40th with a time of 21:12.2. He was followed very closely by fellow senior Ben Linne and sophomore Jake O'Neill as they each registered the same time.
• Senior Ray Smith was fourth in the pack with a time of 21:12.5 and he was followed by junior Charles Wood and freshman Justin Smyth. Wood finished 44th with a time of 21:12.5 followed by Smyth as placed 45th in his first career race with a time of 21:12.9.
• Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco ran as a part of the Shippensburg Alumni team and he was the only thing that prevented a seven pack of Spartans as he edged sophomore Drew Alansky who clocked in with a time of 21:18.2.
• In addition to Smyth, two other freshmen performing well in their first collegiate meet were Timmy Buzynski and Benjamin Russell. Buzynski finished 61th with a time of 21:47.1. Russell crossed the line in a time of 21:48.2.
He Said It
"The men did a great job tonight of executing the race plan and working as a pack," said LoBianco. "The main goal tonight was to execute a specific race plan and get the freshmen their first collegiate race under their belts. Freshmen Justin Smyth, Timmy Buzynski and Benjamin Russell did well. This race serves as a stepping stone for the rest of the season. I am really excited with the dynamic the guys have going on right now."
York is now off for two weeks as they will next compete in Northampton, Pennsylvania on Friday, September 14 when they head to the Cedar Crest/Moravian Invitational.