PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences women's cross country team will look to continue its trend of finishing in the top-half of the field at the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship this Sunday at Belmont Plateau.
USciences has placed in the top-half of the field in 15 consecutive Championships dating back to 2003, and the Devils have never placed lower than sixth.
Last year was no different, as the Devils placed sixth in the field of 14, just one point shy of a third consecutive top-five finish.
Elizabeth Sauers led the way, earning her second straight All-CACC honor by placing third for the best finish within the program since Brianna Ligotski won the individual title in 2013. Aside from Ligotski, it was the best finish by a Devil since recent USciences Hall of Fame inductee Joy Aifuwa placed second in 2007.
Sauers finished just 1.4 second behind the second place finisher with a collegiate personal record of 19:56.4, which was the fastest in the program since Ligotski's winning time in 2013 and the 13th-fastest in program history.
This year, the junior has led University of the Sciences in three-of-four races.
USciences will be bolstered by the return of Gabby Moss to the CACC Championship. She missed the entirety of last year due to injury, but placed 18th at the 2016 Championship as a freshman. The redshirt-sophomore seems to be peaking at the perfect time, as she recently led the Devils with a season-best time at the Jack St. Clair Memorial on Oct. 13.
Senior Regan Asay provides a wealth of CACC Championship experience, having placed in the top-23 in each of her first three. She will be looking to crack the top-15 for All-CACC honors in her last attempt, and has been the third Devils to cross in each of their four races.
The CACC Championship experience does not end there as senior Emily Brand and junior Olivia DeLorenzo have both run in two. Both have also finished in the top-30, with Brand crossing 30th as a freshman in 2015, and DeLorenzo crossing 29th as a freshman in 2016.
Sophomore Paige Jacobs also gained CACC Championship as a freshman in 2017, and between her, Brand and DeLorenzo, all three have been the fourth Devil to cross at least once this year.
Rounding out the CACC Championship roster will be freshman Muskan Khandare, who has been University of the Sciences' top-placing rookie at each race this year.