BUENA VISTA, VA – The York College women's cross country team picked up their third consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championship as the Spartans earned the 2018 title on a pleasant Saturday in Buena Vista, Virginia.
The Spartans placed four in the top eight and five in the top 12 en route to 37 points. The Green and White won the title over second place Mary Washington by 13 points, their largest margin of victory in their three championships. Christopher Newport (69 points) finished third followed by Salisbury (82 points), and St. Mary's (140 points).
York placed four players on the first team and one on the second team, one short of the school record of six that was set in 2016, the year of the Spartans' first championship. Head coach Stephen LoBianco was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the third time on the women's side while freshman Jordan Haberstroh was named the CAC Rookie of the Year. Haberstroh is the fourth Spartan to earn the award.
Top Spartan Performers
• Senior Alayna De Bruin led the way for the Spartans as she finished fourth with a time of 24:19.9. De Bruin caps her Spartan career as a three-time All-CAC finisher. She was a first-team finisher as a sophomore and a second-teamer last year for the Green and White.
• Sophomore Emma Rogers was next as she was the first of three straight Spartans to cross the finish line. Rogers placed sixth to earn her first career All-CAC accolade. Rogers clocked in with a time of 24:33.1 to earn the sixth-place finish.
• Senior Jess DelViscio was York's next finisher as she placed seventh with a time of 24:38.5. DelViscio concludes her conference career as a four-time first-team All-CAC performer. She has finished fourth, sixth, third and now seventh in her Spartan career. DelViscio was also the 2015 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year.
• Freshman Jordan Haberstroh made her first CAC championship a memorable one as she earned first-team All-CAC honors by placing eighth in the event. She crossed the line in a time of 24:42.5 to earn the eighth-place finish for York.
• Freshman Taylor Barkdoll also ran well for York as she earned second-team All-CAC honors by finishing 12th at the championships. Barkdoll clocked in with a time of 24:48.6 as she was York's fifth finisher.
• The Spartans had a trio of runners finish 31st through 33rd. Junior Rachel Banchiere placed 31st with a time of 26:13.1 and she was followed by Jilly Wagner and Amber Strouse. Wagner placed 32nd with a time of 26:23.1 while Strouse crossed the line in a time of 26:24.1.
• Sophomore Nicole Wasserleben and junior Steph Becker rounded out the Spartans' top ten finishers as they finished 36th and 37th overall. Wasslerben finished with a time of 26:35.2 while Becker crossed the line in a time of 26:36.8.
He Said It
"The women had their best 1-5 split of the year with 28 seconds between our top five runners," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "We had five runners in the top 12 to earn All-CAC. The women's race had a few rocky spots, but the women rallied around each other the last lap to pass a few competitors to clinch the win. The women jockeyed positions within the top five but were able to focus on the team's overall success."
The championship is the third straight for the Spartans and their third CAC Championship overall … the five All-CAC performers is the second most in school history, second to the six All-CAC performers in 2016 … the Spartans three straight titles is the second longest streak in school history behind the five straight titles men's soccer won between 2009-2013 … the Spartans have 15 All-CAC performers over their three CAC championships with 10 of those 15 awards coming from different runners … head coach Stephen LoBianco was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year … the championship is the 32nd CAC Championship in school history … Jordan Haberstroh became the fourth Spartan to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors joining Melody Parshall (2007), Corie Thompson (2008) and current teammate Jess DelViscio (2015).
The Spartans will head to the 2018 Mid-East Regionals hosted by DeSales University in Allentown on Saturday, November 10. The regional is slated for an 11:00 am start.