YORK, PA – The York College women's cross country team saw their three-year Capital Athletic Conference championship run come to an end on Saturday by the slightest of margins. The Spartans finished second at the 2019 championships as Christopher Newport edged the Spartans by four points (51-55) for the title. The Captains and Spartans ran away from the field as Salisbury finished third (71 points) followed by Southern Virginia (85 points) and Mary Washington (86 points).
The Spartans placed four runners on the All-CAC squads in York's final CAC Championship meet. York departs the CAC this spring and will compete in the MAC starting next fall.
The runner up finish is the third for the Spartans as they were also second in 2013 and 2015.
Top Spartan Finishers
• Sophomore Taylor Barkdoll was York's top finisher as she placed sixth with a time of 25:26.95 to earn All-CAC honors for the second time in her career. Barkdoll finished 12th at last year's conference championship meet.
• Junior Emma Rogers just missed out on first-team honors as she placed ninth with a time of 25:38.03 to earn second-team All-CAC honors. Rogers is now a two-time All-CAC finisher for the Green and White after she placed sixth last year.
• Sophomore Jordan Haberstroh was York's third finisher as she placed 11th to earn second-team All-CAC accolades. Haberstroh finished with a time of 25:54.35. Haberstroh placed eighth last year as she was named the 2018 Rookie of the Year.
• Fellow sophomore Amber Strouse made a big jump into the top 16 as she placed 12th for the Green and White to earn second-team All-CAC honors. Strouse covered the course in a time of 26:03.35. She finished 33rd at last year's championship as she made a jump of 21 spots for the Spartans.
• Junior Nicole Wasserleben just missed earning second team honors by one spot as she placed 17th with a time of 26:29.94. She was just two seconds out of the 16th position.
• Senior Rachel Banchiere finished 20th for the Green and White as she crossed the line in a time of 26:43.96. She was followed by Abigail Sykes who finished 28th for York with a time of 27:13.56 as she rounded out York's top seven finishers.
He Said it
"We knew the women were going to be close, and they had to be patient and let the race come to them," said Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco. "After the first lap, the women were in a distant fourth behind CNU. They showed a ton of strength and character to come back on them and narrowly miss out on winning their fourth straight championship. It was a big day for Taylor earning her first, first-team All-CAC honor. Joining her with second team honors were Emma, Jordan and Amber. Amber had a great race and moved up 21 spots from last year, earning her first all-CAC honors."
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.