YORK, PA – The York College women's cross country team look to defend last year's title this Saturday at the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Christopher Newport University at Newport News, Va. at 11 a.m.
Last year, the Spartans narrowly edged CNU by two points to capture the program's first CAC title. Many of the top runners from a year ago were lost to graduation, but the Spartans still return three All-CAC runners. York was tabbed to finish at the top of the conference again this season, edging out CNU by three votes and Salisbury by just seven.
This season, the youthful squad started slow, after losing some of those aforementioned influential seniors, but are growing into the team that can contend for back-to-back CAC crowns. At the DeSales Invitational, York finished fifth of 22 teams, and followed that up with a 12th-place finish in a tough field of 26 teams at the Inter Regional Border Battle at Rowan University.
Two-time First-Team All-CAC honoree, and 2015 Rookie of the Year, Jess DelViscio has paced the Spartans through her junior season. DelViscio, who was sixth at the 2016 CAC Championships, led York at DeSales and Rowan, finishing 18th and 44th, respectively.
Alayna De Bruin, also a first teamer a year ago, was 27th at DeSales and 63rd in the 239-runner field at Rowan. The junior finished fifth at the CAC Championships last year. Sophomore Kristi Wandzilak broke through with a 10th-place finish at the championships as a freshman, earning a place on the second team. Looking to build on that performance, she has recorded a 24th-place finish at DeSales and notched a new PR at Rowan, finishing 49th.
All three look to contend for spots on the All-CAC teams once again. Sophomore Rachel Banchiere, who tallied 33rd - and 76th-place finishes, will help round out the Spartan scorers with Emily Davis, Oriana Howell, Emma Rogers and Jilly Wagner.