NEW HAVEN, Conn. (October 10, 2017) -- University of the Sciences' women's cross country standout Elizabeth Sauers on Monday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for September 2017, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. Sauers becomes the first student-athlete to earn the prestigious monthly award during the 2017-18 academic year, as she demonstrated athletic and academic success, while also making a positive impact in her surrounding communities.
On the cross country course, Sauers got her 2017 season off to a tremendous start on Sept. 2, when she won the individual title at the season-opening Wilmington University Cross Country Invitational by nearly 27 seconds over the second-fastest competitor. She then narrowly missed out on a second-consecutive individual title at the Philadelphia Metro Cross Country Championship at Belmont Plateau, as she crossed the finished line just 2.1 seconds behind the champion to earn third-place status.
This season's success comes on the heels of a fantastic rookie year in 2016 for Sauers, as she claimed All-CACC status at the conference championship by placing 15th in the individual standings.
In the classroom, Sauers has distinguished herself as well. She is a two-time Dean's List honoree and was placed on the 2016 USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Team with her 3.89 cumulative GPA in her major of pharmacy. Sauers is also a member of USciences' Honor's Program and a board member of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (PCP SSHP).
In the community, Sauers has participated in group service projects with the cross country team, including volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon and helping to clean a local park in Philadelphia "Love Your Park Day."
The CACC honors one student-athlete with the monthly honor from September through May during each academic year. To be considered for the award, a student-athlete must achieve athletic success during their respective nominated month, while also demonstrating academic achievement and community service engagement throughout their collegiate careers.