SALISBURY, Md. – For the first time in the history of the York College women's cross country program, Mandy Parshall has garnered the Capital Athletic Conference Athlete-of-the-Year following a triumphant performance at Saturday's CAC cross country championships. Parshall captured the race victory with a tremendous 22:35 over the Winterplace Park course.
"Mandy was in third-place heading into the last mile," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "I knew that if she could find that final burst no one would catch her. She ran a terrific race today."
Parshall's win led the Green and White to a solid third-place finish out of the nine CAC schools. York tallied 78 points while Salisbury – the meet winner – notched 34 and Mary Washington tabbed 57.
The York squad also saw terrific results from several Spartans. Senior Melody Parshall, in her final CAC Championships, ran to a 24:07 as she just missed out on her fourth all-conference accolade. Parshall went on to take 17th on the day.
On the other end of the spectrum, Nicole Danielewicz ran in her first CAC Championships registering an 18th-place finish. Danielewicz recorded a 24:09.
Senior Laura Colantuono took 27th on the day as she finished in a time of 25:16.
"Everyone ran their hearts out today," Camodeca beamed. "We picked up a convincing third and I think that surprised a lot of people. I am so happy with our overall performance."
York returns to meet action on Saturday, November 13, when they compete in the NCAA Mideast Regionals.
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