PHILADELPHIA – All seven Devils to run for a second straight week at the Philadelphia Metro Cross Country Championship hosted at Belmont Plateau on Saturday bettered their time from a week ago, as the University of the Sciences men's cross country team ran its home course for the first out of three times this season.
USciences earned a finish in the top-half of the field of 15, placing seventh in between Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foes Nyack and Felician with 217 points.
Johnathan Epstein was more than a minute faster than last week, completing the 8K in 29:42.0 to lead the Devils with a 26th place finish in the field of 135.
William Hallinan set a collegiate personal record for the second week in a row, crossing in 30:06.5 to beat his previous record from last weekend by over 45 seconds to place 36th.
Freshmen Dylan Zuch and Isaac Hoskins both placed in the top-half of the field, in 50th and 58th, respectively. Zuch was over 30 seconds better than a week ago, clocking in at 30:59.4, while Hoskins was nearly two minutes faster with a time of 31:22.7.
Matthew Connolly navigated the course in 34:45.2 to shave 10 seconds off his time from last week.
Rounding out University of the Sciences' impressive showing was Macniel Mandeh, who shaved nearly two minutes off his time from a week ago after coming in at 42:48.2.
Notably, Michael Scott made his USciences debut, finishing in 46:47.7.
University of the Sciences takes the next two weekends off before returning to action at the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
28. Johnathan Epstein – 29:42.0 (season-best)
36. William Hallinan – 30:06.5 (collegiate personal best)
50. Dylan Zuch – 30:59.4 (season-best)
58. Isaac Hoskins – 31:22.7 (season-best)
92. Matthew Connolly – 34:45.2 (season-best)
101. Scott Jacobs – 35:41.8 (season-best)
132. Macniel Mandeh – 42:48.2 (season-best)
132. Michael Scott – 46:47.7