NEWARK, Del. – Freshman Jonathan Epstein finished just one second and one place out of All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) honors as a University of the Sciences men's cross country team consisting of six freshman and one sophomore raced at the CACC Championships held at White Clay Creek State Park on Sunday morning.
Epstein's 16th place finish was the best in the program since Georgiy Polyak placed 12th at the 2010 Championships, and was the best by a freshman since Nick Deangelis crossed ninth in 2009. His time of 27:59.7 was the 23rd-fastest in program history.
The top-15 finishers at the race received All-CACC recognition.
Freshman Christopher Cardace finished in the top-half of the field of 91 in 39th after navigating the 8k course in 29:32.1.
Freshman William Hallinan made his collegiate debut and finished in 70th with a time of 31:55.8. He was in between fellow freshmen Matthew Weiner and Matthew Connolly, who placed 69th and 71st with respective times of 31:50.8 and 31:59.4.
The lone Devil to run that was not a freshman was sophomore Scott Jacobs, who finished in 33:05.6.
Notably, Eric Papazian set his new collegiate personal record by crossing in 38.05:6.
University of the Sciences finished 12th as a team - 19 points ahead of 13th place Caldwell - with 265 points.
Jefferson won the team title over second place Chestnut Hill by 16 points with at total of 75.
16. Jonathan Epstein – 27:59.7
39. Christopher Cardace – 29:32.1
69. Matthew Weiner – 31:50.8
70. William Hallinan – 31:55.8 (collegiate debut)
71. Matthew Connolly – 31:59.4
80. Scott Jacobs – 33:05.6
86. Eric Papazian – 38:59.9 (collegiate personal record)