YORK, Pa. – The York College men’s and women’s cross country teams are setting their sights high as they race this weekend in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Big Spring High School in Carlisle, Pa.
Both teams have had impressive seasons so far. The men captured their second straight Capital Athletic Conference championship at Frostburg State University on October 27. The women also ran exceptionally well but fell just short of a title as they placed second at the championships.
The Mid-East region is one of the top three regions in the country. It's quality comes from both the size of the field but also the high quality of competition. For this year's race, there will be 55 teams competing for both the men’s and women’s races. In order to qualify for Nationals as a team, a team must post a top-five finish.
Racing for the men this weekend are Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin), Carus Cookman (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney), Aaron Robertson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin), Connor Simpson (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent), Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Saint Joseph), Matt Smith (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge).
Running for the Spartan women will be Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa./Bishop McDevitt), Caroline DeLany (Federick, Md./Tuscarora), Nicole Danielewicz (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy), Tuesday Wilson (York, Pa./Eastern York), Misty Parshall (Dover, Pa./Homeschooled), Rachel Berninger (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) and Chelsea McCracken (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern).
Heading into regionals the Spartan men are looking towards Hartung to have another strong showing like he did last season. Hartung is going into regionals with a top 10 individual finish last year and is seeking an even better finish this time as well as a second trip to nationals. As a freshman, Cookman is also looking to run his best this weekend. He will be aiming to earn All-Freshman and All-Region honors. Another key runner for the men will be Stetson. The Spartans are really counting on him to have his strongest race. Head Coach Erick Camodeca feels if Stetson can keep up with teammates Robertson and Simpson during the race, the men will be able to finish strong.
On the women’s side the Spartans will be looking for Parshall to run a strong race. Coach Camodeca believes that if she can get back to where she was at the beginning of the season then the women’s team will be able to accomplish big things this weekend.
Coach Camodeca feels that this year both teams have the capability to finish in the top 10, which would be the first time in the programs history. The men have been ranked in the past two seasons, but the women have not yet been able to crack the top 10 rankings. Having both teams finish in the top 10 would be an outstanding accomplishment and although it will be a very difficult task to achieve, the entire cross country coaching staff feels that the Spartans are ready for it.
The National Championship meet is next weekend in Terre Haute, Indiana.