WESTMINSTER, Md. - The York College men's cross country team had a successful opening day as they embarked on their 2010 campaign at the Green Terror Cross Country Challenge held at McDaniel College.
In the two-portion meet, consisting of both 5k and 3k events, the Green and White placed second out of eight teams as they posted 80 points.
In the 5k, Freshman Tim Hartung crossed the finish line in 17:01 to garner a strong seventh place overall finish. Hartung, who is only in his first season with the Spartan program, paced his squad in his first meet.
Sophomore Steven Childres, who will look to build upon the substantial promise he displayed last season as rookie, finished ninth on this day with a 17:06.
Senior Andrew Friesema ran a great race as he recorded a 17:10 time to finish 13th in the overall 5k standings.
Freshmen Craig Eppler and Matt Smith finished 29th and 36th overall (17:59 and 18:14), respectively, and put together quality outings for their first collegiate races. Fellow rookie Paul Glassmoyer notched a 20:05.
For the 5k, the Green and White finished second out of the 12 squads participating in the event.
The 3k race saw York post another strong performance as all four Spartan runners crossed the finish line in the top 15.
Senior Ryan Janes led York's 3k efforts and finished the race in 8th place with a time of 10:07.
Childres, who ran both events, finished barely behind Janes as he too registered a 10:07.
Friesema, another Spartan who doubled-up on the day, finished the event with a time of 10:11 to take 13th overall. Hartung backed up his quality work in the 5k by clocking a 10:12 and coming in 14th.
As occurred in the 5k event, the Spartans posted second once again, this time out of eleven squads.
Following this quality showing, the Spartans next take to the course on Saturday, September 18, 2010 in their only home meet of the season. The Green and White host the Coach Achtzehn Classic at John Rudy Park in York. Start time is tabbed for 10:00 a.m.
Steven Childres photo courtesy of Charlie Covell
Meet story written by Kelsey Byler - York College Athletic Communications practicum student