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Spartan Men Run Well at Loaded Border Battle

Photo courtesy of Pete LoBianco
Photo courtesy of Pete LoBianco

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The York College men's cross country team traveled to New Jersey to participate in the loaded Rowan University Inter-Regional Border Battle at Dream Park in Logan Township, New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans finished 11th of 29 teams at the event. York totaled 341 points to finish just five points out of a top ten finish.

Carnegie Mellon won the men's title as they edged Johns Hopkins by three points to earn the title. SUNY Geneseo finished third with 66 points while Haverford (194) was fourth followed by NYU (198) to round out the top five.

The race featured 256 individual runners in the biggest race the Spartans compete in during the regular season.


Top Spartan Finishers

• Sophomore Justin Smyth was York's top finisher as he placed 59th with a time of 25:36.6. He was just under ten seconds from a top 50 finish in the event. Smyth recorded an average mile of 5:09.4.

• Freshman Isaac Valderrabano was just under five seconds back of Smyth as he finished 63rd with a time of 25:41.3. Valderrabano average mile time was 5:10.1 during the race.

• Sophomore Benjamin Russell was the next Spartan finisher as he was the third runner wearing the Green and White to cross the finish line. Russell recorded a time of 25:49.4 to place 69th overall.

• Junior Jake O'Neill was the fourth Spartan to cross the line as he covered the course in a time of 25:55.9, good for 78th place. O'Neill's average mile was 5:13.

• Sophomore Timmy Buzynski was York's final scorer in the meet as he placed 113th with a time of 26:24.6.

• Junior Drew Alansky was York's sixth place finisher with a time of 26:35.0 while Tucker Deacon rounded out York's top seven as he finished 164th with a time of 27:08.6.



The Spartans had a number of athletes running in the Open race as they were covering 8K for the first time this season … the Spartans finished ninth of 19 teams in the open race … Gabe Lloyd led the Spartans in the Open race as he finished 47th with a time of 27:46.3 … Josh Diehl was next in 58th with a time of 28:09.7 … Robert Yoka set a new 8K PR with a time of 28:10.6 … Jian Gentile also set a new PR with a time of 28:39.7.


He Said It

"I thought the men had a solid day and focused on taking a small step in bettering their race from the last one," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "Justin, Isaac, Ben, Timmy, Drew, Tucker and Josh Goodrich all set new PR's in the championship race. Our 1-5 average was 16 seconds better than it was in our last race."


Up Next

The Spartans will look to win their second straight Capital Athletic Conference championship as the Green and White will host the championship meet on Saturday, November 2. The race will be held at Reservoir Hill across from main campus. The action kicks off at 10:00 am.