September 14, 2013

Miller Leads Spartans to Second Place at Achtzehn Classic

YORK, PA – The York College women's cross country team put together a solid effort as they finished second of 11 teams at Saturday's Rich Achtzehn Classic at John Rudy Park in York, PA.

Goucher College won the event with a team score of 70 while the Spartans were 11 points behind the Gophers with 81 points. Marymount finished third followed by Franklin & Marshall and St. Mary's to round out the top five.

The Spartans were led by junior Jess Miller (Dauphin, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) as she finished fourth, crossing the finish line in a time of 24:40. She has been the Spartans' top finisher in all three of the Spartan meets during the year. Miller finished 27 seconds back of third and 44 seconds out of the first place time notched by Goucher's Katherine Currier.

Sophomore Jenna Roberts (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) was York's next finisher as she placed 16th with a time of 25:53.18. Freshman Alicia Dillman (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) wasn't far behind as the first-year Spartan clocked in with a time of 26:04.04, good for a 19th place finish. Junior Caroline DeLany (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) finished one slot and nine seconds back of Dillman, crossing the line in a time of 26:13.68 in 20th place.

Senior Emily Abell (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) rounded out the Spartans top five finishers, placing 22nd with a time of 26:19.93. Freshman Kasey Fogelsanger (Owings Mills, Md./Mercy) was the sixth Spartan to finish in the top 25 of the race, placing 24th with a time of 26:22.45. There were 108 participants in the race.

Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco was pleased with the effort of his team.

"Overall the girls executed the race very well and moved up throughout the race," said the first year Spartan coach. "Getting second with one of the biggest turnouts in recent history really means that this program is moving forward. It is great to see our top six ladies in the top 25 overall and for them to see that their hard work is paying dividends. Rudy Park is the hilliest course we will see all season and I am looking forward to more PRs and closing the one through five gap."

The Spartans will be off next Saturday and will return to action on Saturday, September 28 when they travel to the Salisbury Invitational at Winter Place Park in Salisbury, MD. The event is scheduled for an 11:00 am start.

Jess Miller photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communication

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