BUENA VISTA, VA – The York College men's cross country team picked up their fourth Capital Athletic Conference championship on pleasant Saturday in Buena Vista, Virginia. The Spartans won the championship by two points over three-time reigning champion Christopher Newport 49-51.
The Spartans had six runners finish inside the top 16 in the event to earn All-Capital Athletic Conference accolades. The spread between the top six for York was just over 1:05.
Southern Virginia (96 points), Mary Washington (99 points), and Salisbury (100 points) rounded out the top five at the eight team championship.
The championship for the Spartans is remarkable as they had just one returning runner who had earned an All-CAC finish in senior Ben Linne.
Head coach Stephen LoBianco was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the second time for the men. He joins Erick Camodeca as a two-time winner for the Spartans. LoBianco was the men's coach of the year in 2013 when the Spartans won their third CAC championship.
Top Spartan Performers
• Senior Ray Smith was fantastic in the race as he finished second with a time of 26:33.9 for his first All-CAC finish. Smith, who has been York's top finisher for most of the year, averaged 5:20.7 per mile.
• Senior Matt Zubrycki was York's second first-team All-CAC finisher as he placed eighth with a time of 27:01.4. Zubrycki's All-CAC finish was the first for his career.
• York captured four of the next seven spots in the event. Senior Ben Linne earned his second All-CAC accolade as he placed 10th with a time of 27:08.2. Linne was second team finisher as a sophomore in 2016.
• Sophomore Jake O'Neill was York's next finisher as he led a trio of consecutive Spartans. O'Neill placed 14th to earn his first All-CAC finished. His time was 27:31.4. Fellow sophomore Drew Alansky was next in line as he placed 15th to earn his second-team All-CAC honors. Alansky crossed the line in a time of 27:32.6. Freshman Justin Smyth was York's sixth finisher to earn All-CAC honors as he placed 16th with a time of 27:38.7.
• York had five more runners finish in the top 40 of the championships. Freshmen Benjamin Russell and Timmy Buzynski finished back-to-back for York. Russell placed 22nd with a time of 27:55.2 while Buzynski placed 23rd with a time of 27:58.6.
• Senior Jordan Blankenship closed out his CAC championship career with a 29th place finish as he recorded a time of 28:26.8. Sophomore Gabe Lloyd was the next Spartan to cross the finish line as he placed 37th with a time of 28:46.2. Sophomore Daniel Forry traversed the course in a time of 28:59.7 as he finished 39th overall.
He Said It
"The men started off the race strong and established good position early," says Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco. "The middle of the race was great as the men continued to push forward. We then held on hard during the last lap to the ge the championship. We had some really good final kicks including freshman Justin Smyth. To put six guys on the All-CAC squads was fantastic as was putting nine in the top 29 overall."
The championship is the fourth for the Spartans and the first since 2013 … York won the CAC Men's Cross Country Championships three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013) and now have the second most CAC championships in school history as men's soccer has eight CAC titles … head coach Stephen LoBianco has been named the CAC Men's Coach of the Year as he has earned the award twice with the men and has now earned the award three times for the women … the championship for the men marks the 33rd Capital Athletic Conference championship in school history as the women earned the 32nd title … this marks the first time the two cross country program history that both genders won a title in the same year.
The Spartans will head to the 2018 Mid-East Regionals hosted by DeSales University in Allentown on Saturday, November 10. The regional is slated for an 11:00 am start.