ELSAH, Ill. – The York College men's cross country squad made their NCAA Division III Championship debut a memorable one as the Spartans finished 30th of 32 teams at the 2017 race in Elsah, Illinois. The Spartans, who earned an at-large bid for the first time in school history, totaled 699 points at the championship. The championship was hosted by Principia College at the North Farm Course.
The at-large berth for the Spartans was the first at-large berth from the Mideast Regional in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Top Spartan Finishers
• Senior Alex Smith was York's top finisher as he placed 141st of 279 runner field. He recorded a time of 25:43.60 as he was just under four seconds out of a top 130 finish. Smith concludes his Spartan career as a two-time All-Region performer as well as a two-time All-CAC finisher.
• Senior Grant Dell concluded his stellar Spartan career with a 146th place finish. He notched a time of 25:44.86 as he was just 1.26 seconds back of Smith. Dell finishes his cross country career as a four-time All-CAC first team honoree while he was also a two-time All-Region selection.
• Senior Andy MacGibbon finished his collegiate cross country career with a 180th place finish with a time of 25:54.74. MacGibbon finished as another one of the Spartans' four-time All-CAC honorees while he was an all-region honoree in 2016.
• Junior Ben Linne was York's fourth finisher as he crossed the line in a time of 26:17.64, good for 222nd. Linne was an all-region finisher in 2016 and will be one of York's top returner next fall.
• Senior Andrew Erickson finished his cross country career with a time of 26:34.87. A pair of freshman rounded out the Spartan starting lineup as Drew Alansky covered the course in a time of 26:57.27 while Jake O'Neill crossed the course in a time of 27:21.56.
He Said It
"It was an overall great experience," said Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco. "We put together some solid times today. We had goals of being in the lower 20s as a team and we were able to finish 30th. It was a great way to end the great cross careers of Alex, Andy, Grant and Andrew. We will look to use this successful experience to build for the future. It's been a pleasure to coach this team and see how our four seniors developed over the course of their careers. We will look to carry over this success to the indoor and outdoor track seasons."
The championship closes out the Spartans' men's cross country campaign. The indoor track & field squad will open the campaign on Saturday, December 2 when they head to the Diplomat Open hosted by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.