How Sweet It Is!! The Spartan Women Win Second Straight CAC Championship

Photo courtesy of Christopher Newport Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Christopher Newport Athletic Communications

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College women's cross country squad earned their second consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championship as the Spartans won the 2017 championship at the Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, Virginia.

The Spartans finished the race with a score of 51, easily outdistancing second place Salisbury by nine points. Mary Washington (65 points) finished third followed by the host CNU Captains (98 points) while Southern Virginia (111 points) rounded out the top five in the ten team field.

The Spartans title comes one year after the Green and White captured the crown last year in Hershey by two points over CNU.


2017 Team Results

1. York (Pa.) – 51 points

2. Salisbury – 60 points

3. Mary Washington – 65 points

4. Christopher Newport – 98 points

5. Southern Virginia – 111 points

6. St. Mary's (Md.) – 169 points

7. Marymount (Va.) – 195 points

8. Frostburg St. – 223 points

9. Wesley – 268 points

10. PSU Harrisburg – 301 points


Top Spartan Performers

• Junior Jess DelViscio continued her outstanding year as she placed third with a time of 23:19.8. She was 11 seconds out of second as it was her highest finish in her three CAC championships. DelViscio is now a three-time first-team All-CAC selection. She finished fourth as a freshman to earn the league's Rookie-of-the-Year award and then placed sixth as a sophomore.

• Sophomore Kristi Wandzilak was York's next finisher as she placed sixth with a time of 23:26.2 as she as was less than seven seconds back of DelViscio. Wandzilak earned first-team honors for the first time in her career after being a second-team honoree last fall. Wandzilak finished tenth at last year's championship.

• Sophomore Rachel Banchiere had a banner championship as she finished ninth for her first career All-CAC finish. Banchiere placed ninth with a time of 23:34.5. She was a mere eight seconds back of Wandzilak as the top Spartan pack was strong.

• Junior Alayna De Bruin was right behind Banchiere as she placed tenth with a time of 23:38.7 as four Spartans earned top ten finishes in the 100 runner field. De Bruin is now a two-time All-CAC finisher as she earned a first-team finish last year to go along with this year's second-team honor.

• Freshman Emily Davis was York's fifth finisher as she placed 23rd with a time of 24:58.2. Davis finished just five seconds out of a top-20 finish for the Spartans.

• The trio of Oriana Howell, Steph Becker, and Nicole Wasserleben closed out the Spartans top eight runners. Howell finished 27th with a time of 25:08.2 for her career best CAC finish. Becker crossed the line in 28th with a time of 25:13.6, good for a big personal career-best time. Wasserleben finished 29th with a time of 25:17.0 as she was the eighth Spartan in the top 30 of the race.


He Said It

"I am super proud of this team," said Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco. "We had a really strong 1-4 pack to secure the victory. Emily Davis stepped up to finish fifth while we had a number of strong performances. It feels great to have this group of women win a championship."


Championship Notes

The championship is the second in program history after last year's 2016 title … the championship is the 30th in school history and is the eigth by a women's program in school history (volleyball-1997; women's soccer-2007, 2013, 2015; women's basketball-2011, 2014; cross country-2016).


Up Next

The Spartans head to the Mideast Regionals hosted by Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA on Saturday, November 11. The Spartans will look to better last year's ninth place finish at the regional meet.