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Cross Country Places in Blizzard-Struck Capital Athletic Conference

“It was cold,” said junior men’s Cross Country runner Dan Swain about last Saturday’s nine-team meet at John Rudy State Park. Despite the cold, snowy conditions during the York College-hosted CAC Championships round, the Seahawks managed to place fifth overall in the men’s and women’s competitions as they continue to the Mideast Regional on Nov. 12.

Running close to 34 degrees Fahrenheit after an almost four-hour drive to John Rudy, PA, the Seahawks entered 28-strong, as the 13 male and 15 female athletes competed against runners from Salisbury University, the University of Mary Washington, York and Hood Colleges, Frostburg State University, Stevenson and Marymount Universities, and Wesley College.

“I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve ever run in a blizzard,” said junior runner Nick Pasko. “We packed up because if we didn’t then we wouldn’t have been able to see where we were going.”

Out of the 94 individual competitors in the men’s race and 89 in the women’s race, the top three runners of each team placed in the top 38 and 39, respectively.

For the men’s team, Pasko crossed the line first with a 31:14.77 time, placing 36th. Close behind, first-year David Kersey placed 37th with 31:16.75, and first-year Collin Hickey placed 38th with 31:21.87. After two runners from Salisbury and Stevenson crossed the line, Seahawks Tim Carey (first-year), Swain, and Matt Bennett (sophomore) finished the eight-kilometer race under the 32-minute mark.

For the women’s team, first-year Michelle DiMenna took 14th with 27:20.31 in the six-kilometer race, followed closely by junior Katie Phipps, who placed 15th with a 27:21.49 finish.  Junior Margaret Lillie placed 42nd with a 33rd for team scoring, followed by senior Kathleen Tatem in 46th, sophomore Julia Gardner in 55th, junior Alex Moore in 58th, and sophomore Sylviann Houck in 59th.

Overall, the men’s team scored 147 points and the women’s team scored 127. The CAC Championships meet marked the seventh of eight officially scheduled competitions for both teams, with one meet remaining on Nov. 12 at Center Valley, PA, at 11 a.m.

“Overall, I think we are having a pretty good season,” said Tatem. “We have been able to keep our morale up and stay focused despite battling through some tough injuries and racing conditions this season. We are all super excited and ready to go out, run fast and have fun.”

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