PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Elizabeth Sauers was the first collegiate competitor to finish as the University of the Sciences women's cross country team placed second for the second time this season at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship at Belmont Plateau on Saturday afternoon.
The Devils placed second in the field of eight collegiate teams with 81 points, 37 points clear of third place Bloomfield. Defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion Jefferson won the event with 35 points.
USciences also placed second at the season-opening Wilmington Invitational.
In a race that came down to Sauers and Sarah Nellis of Jefferson University, Sauers edged out the senior by 3.3 seconds with a time of 25:14.4 on the 6k course. The two were more than 30 seconds ahead of the third place finisher.
The time for Sauers was the fourth-fastest 6k at Belmont Plateau since University of the Sciences began running the 6k at the course in 2013.
Regan Asay narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish by one position in the field of 76 collegiate competitors as she crossed in 26:53.5.
Bridget Houghton placed 20th with a time of 28:14.3.
Sara Skoritowski rounded out Devils competing on the day as she finished in 35:05.7.
The USciences men's and women's cross country teams will take next weekend off before returning to action at the CACC Championships hosted at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del. on Sunday, Oct. 22.
1. Elizabeth Sauers – 25:14.4 (fourth fastest 6k at Belmont Plateau)
11. Regan Asay – 26:53.5
20. Bridget Houghton – 28:14.3
29. Paige Jacobs – 30:01.4
30. Emily Brand – 30:09.1
49. Sara Skoritowski – 35:05.7