YORK, PA – The York College men's cross country squad made their final Capital Athletic Conference championship meet a memorable one as the Spartans captured their second straight conference title on Saturday in York. The Spartans totaled 36 points, beating Christopher Newport by 10 points. Mary Washington finished third with 68 points while Southern Virginia (94) and Salisbury (119) rounded out the tournament field.
The Spartans, who are heading to the MAC next fall, concluded their CAC stay with their fifth cross country championship. The Spartans won their previous titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2018.
York freshman Isaac Valderrabano captured the Capital Ahtletic Conference Rookie of the Year award as he finished fifth in at the championships. The Spartans placed four runners on the eight-runner first team while two other Spartans earned second team honors for finishing in the top 16 of the race.
Top Spartan Finishers
• Sophomore Justin Smyth was York's top finisher as he placed third with a time of 27:12.44 to earn first-team All-CAC honors. Smyth, who finished 16th at last year's championships, is now a two-time All-CAC performer for the Green and White.
• Valderrabano was York's next finisher as he placed fifth with a time of 27:28.36 to earn the Rookie of the Year and first-team honors. He is the fifth Spartan to earn the CAC Rookie of the Year award joining Dan Morrick (2003), Jesse Jaeger (2005), Aaron Robertson (2011), and Carus Cookman (2012) as previous winners of the award.
• Junior Jake O'Neill was York's third finisher as he placed sixth with a time of 27:38.42 to earn first-team All-CAC accolades. O'Neill earned second team honors last year and is now a two-time All-CAC honoree.
• Sophomore Benjamin Russell was York's fourth first-team All-CAC honoree. Russell crossed the line in a time of 27:41.90 to finished seventh. Russell improved 15 spots from last year as he placed 22nd as a freshman last fall.
• Sophomore Timmy Buzynski earned second-team honors as he placed 15th with a time of 28:18.69. He made an improvement of eight spots after last year's 23rd place finish.
• Junior Daniel Forry was York's sixth All-CAC finisher as he placed 16th with a time of 28:25.89. Forry made a huge jump from his sophomore year as he crossed the line 39th last year.
• Junior Drew Alansky rounded out York's top seven as he just missed earning All-CAC honors with his 18th place finish. Alansky covered the course in a time of 28:33.74.
• The Spartans had five other runners earn top 40 finishes in the race. Gabe Lloyd and Blake Nelson finished 27th and 28th respectively, as there was just over a one second split between them. Joshua Goodrich placed 31st followed by Tucker Deacon in 36th. Charles Wood rounded out York's top 40 finishers as he placed 40th.
He Said It
"The men executed very well today," said head coach Stephen LoBianco. "With the hills they had to be patient and make some tough moves on the second lap, and they were able to do just that. I am happy for Justin and Jake to go from second team last year to first team this year was great. Also for Ben not to be all-CAC at all last year and go first team was big for him and for our team. Isaac shined as well earning first team and Rookie honors. Timmy and Dan also earned All-CAC for the first time in their careers. Overall a great step positive for the men as a team as we approach regionals. We will return all ten of our top runners next year as we will look to build on this in the MAC next fall."
The Spartans return to action on November 16 when they travel to the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals in Bethlehem, PA hosted by Lehigh University. The action is slated for an 11:00 am start.