BETHLEHEM, PA – The York College men's cross country squad opened October with a strong showing at the 46th Annual Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday.
The Spartans finished fourth of 43 teams in the College White 8K race. The Paul Short Invitational is one of the largest cross country events in the nation. This year's event featured approximately 6,000 student-athletes from 450 colleges or high schools. To no one's surprise, this year's event will feature nationally ranked teams from all over the country. Like previous years, this year's Paul Short Run will feature 14 races (six college, six high school and two open races) throughout the day.
The Spartan men finished with a total of 125 points as they finished tied with Vassar but lost on the tiebreaker to finish fourth. York was just one point out of second place as Cortland had 124 points. Wesleyan won the race with a score of 104.
Top Spartan Finishers
• Junior Jake O'Neill led the way for the Spartans with his ninth-place finish. O'Neill crossed the line in a time of 25:48.9, seven seconds back of a top five finish.
• Sophomore Justin Smyth was the next Spartan finisher as he placed 15th with a time of 25:56.4. Smyth was just over six seconds back of a top 10 finish. Smyth's time was an 8K personal best for the sophomore.
• Freshman Isaac Valderrabano was the third Spartan finisher as he notched a time of 26:01.0. It was his first collegiate 8K race as he performed well for the Green and White.
• Sophomore Benjamin Russell was York's fourth scorer in the race as he placed 27th with a time of 26:13.0. That time was a new 8K PR for the second year Spartan.
• Sophomore Timmy Buzynski was the next Spartan to cross the finish line as he placed 56th with a time of 26:44.3. He is another Spartan who registered a new 8K PR.
He Said It
"I thought we had some great races and the top four finished closer to each other," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "We will continue to work on closing the gap in the top seven as we approach the conference championships."
The Spartans are now off until Saturday, October 19 when they travel to the Rowan University Border Battle at Gloucester Dream County Park in Gloucester, N.J. It will be the Spartans' last regular season meet before the Capital Athletic Conference championships in York on November 2.