SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The York College women's cross country squad got the 2018 season off on the right foot Friday night in Shippensburg. The Spartans finished fifth of six teams at the event with a total of 109 points.
However, don't let the finish fool you, the Spartans came in with a game plan an executed that plan to perfection during the evening.
• The Spartans had a strong pack finish among their top seven runners. Freshman Taylor Barkdoll made her first collegiate race a memorable one as she placed 20th with a time of 16:24.6. Senior standout Jess DelViscio was right behind her as she was 21st with a time of 16:24.9.
• Senior Alayna De Bruin was York's next finisher as she placed 23rd with a time of 16:30.0. De Bruin was followed by freshman Jordan Haberstroh who ran well in her first collegiate race with a time of 16:30.0.
• The next run of Spartans came in led by freshman Sarah Nicoletti as she finished 27th with a time of 16:36.2. After a runner from Gettysburg crossed the line, sophomore Emma Rogers finished 29th with a time of 16:38.7. Freshman Elle Meyer rounded out the Spartans' top seven as she placed 30th with a time of 16:39.9.
He Said It
"The women had a close knit top pack for the first 3/4 of the race and while they strung out slightly they still all finished within their targeted times," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "The focus tonight was getting our large pack of freshmen accustomed to the college racing scene. A big positive of tonight is we had our top seven women today faster than our third from last year at this race. The women will continue to develop as a team over the coming weeks"
York is now off for two weeks as they will next compete in Northampton, Pennsylvania on Friday, September 14 when they head to the Cedar Crest/Moravian Invitational.