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Spartan Men Compete in Galen Piper Challenge on Friday

Junior Jake O'Neill is pictured running at the EW Relay Classic on August 30.
Jake O'Neill photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The York College men's cross country team took to the road on Friday night to participate in the 10th Annual Galen Piper Cross Country Challenge hosted by Shippensburg University. The Spartans finished fifth of six teams with 109 points.

Washington & Lee won the team title with 42 points while the host Raiders finished second with 62 points.


Top Spartan Performers

• Junior Jake O'Neill led the way with an eighth-place finish as he crossed the line in a time of 19:45.7. He averaged 5:17.9 per mile as he finished 25.7 seconds behind race winner Samuel Sheldon from Gettysburg.

• Freshman Isaac Valderrabano would be the next Spartan to cross the finish line as he led a pack of five Spartan finishers in the next six spots. Valderrabano posted a time of 21:07.0. He was followed by sophomore Timmy Buzynski as he placed 31st with a time of 21:07.0 as they crossed the line almost simultaneously. Sophomore Justin Smyth was right on Buzynski's heels, clocking in with a time of 21:07.5.

• After a runner from Shippensburg slipped into the middle of the York pack, junior Drew Alansky traversed the course in a time of 21:07.8 for a 34th place finish. Sophomore Benjamin Russell was right behind Alansky as he placed 35th with a time of 21:08.0.

• Junior Daniel Forry was York's seventh finisher as he placed 47th with a time of 21:51.5. Robert Yoka and Blake Nelson both earned top 50 finishes as Yoka was 49th while Nelson was 50th.

• There were 77 runners who completed the race on Friday night.


He Said It:

"I thought the men executed their race well tonight," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "Jake led the team with a great race tonight and a top ten finish as well. We had a strong group of guys who finished in a tight pack within a second of each other. I also wanted to recognize Robert Yoka who had a great race and ran almost one minute faster than last year."


Up Next

The Spartans head to Lebanon, PA to participate in the ECXC Short Course Invitational at Union Canal Tunnel Park two weeks from tonight. The action is slated for a 5:45 start. The event is hosted by Elizabethtown College.