LEBANON, PA – The York College men's cross country squad finished seventh at the Elizabethtown College Cross Country Invitational at Union Canal Tunnel Park in Lebanon, PA on Friday evening.
The Spartans finished the event with 203 points as their top seven runners all finished within 11 spots of each other. Dickinson won the event with a team score of 35 points while Moravian finished second with 66 points. The host Blue Jays were third with 72 points while Mount St. Mary's placed fourth with 96 points. Stevenson (99 points) and Scranton (146 points) finished fifth and sixth respectively. There were 121 runners who participated in Friday's invitational.
Top Spartan Finishers
• Sophomore Blake Nelson was York's top finisher as he placed 42nd overall as he crossed the line in a time of 20:24.56. Fellow sophomore Justin Smyth was two runners behind Nelson as he placed 45th with a time of 20:27.25.
• After Moravian's Brad Clemson followed Smyth, the Spartans had four straight runners cross the line. Isaac Valderrabano led the foursome with a 47th place finish and a time of 20:27.45. Jake O'Neill was next with a time of 20:27.61 while Benjamin Russell was right on his heels with a time of 20:27.69. Timmy Buzynski was the fourth member of the pack as he finished with a time of 20:27.86.
• After another Moravian runner crossed the line, York had three more runners finish together. Drew Alansky placed 52nd with a time of 20:30.39. Daniel Forry was next with a time of 20:32.22 and he was followed by Tucker Deacon as he crossed the line in a time of 20:34.50.
He Said It:
"The men had a number of solid races tonight," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "We were able to follow our race plans to a T, taking a step in the right direction for the season. Blake Nelson made a huge improvement from his last 6K two weeks ago. After Blake, there was a great pack of Spartans all working together. We had a number of PRs today and a number of guys earned their way into the varsity race at Lehigh in two weeks. Right now, I am really happy with our our men's team is clicking and it can be seen in their workouts and their races so far this season. We will look to build off this race in our first 8K on October 5."
The Spartans will now be off until Saturday, October 5 when they travel to Bethlehem, PA to participate in the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University. The day is slated for a 9:00 am start.